Governor Dannel Malloy has written a letter to
federal officials asking them to delay deporting a college student.
As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the Governor's intervention stems
from his support of immigration reform efforts that would allow college
students to receive permanent legal status
Mariano Cardoso is an illegal immigrant from
Mexico who has
lived in the U.S. for most of his life after his parents brought him
here when he was a baby.
He's a month away from graduating with an
from Capitol Community College in Hartford. While in school, Cardoso
has been fighting a deportation order and recently he found out he lost
his appeal. His story has gotten attention as the Connecticut
legislature takes up a bill that would allow undocumented students to
be eligible for in state tuition rates at state schools. Malloy
supports the bill unlike his Republican predecessor, Jodi Rell, who
vetoed a similar proposal in 2007.
Malloy says he wrote a letter on behalf of
Cardoso because his situation points to why immigration reform is needed
"For us to have invested in this young man, to
see him on the
cusp of receiving his degree which would allow him to be a long
contributor to society and send him to a country he doesn't really know
doesn't make a lot of sense."
Malloy says Cardoso shouldn't be punished for a
decision his parents made to come to the U.S illegally.
When reached by phone, Cardoso says he hopes U.S
Lieberman and Blumenthal will write a letter on his behalf to halt his
deportation. Once he receives an official deportation order, he has
three months to leave voluntarily. Cardoso says he'll likely comply so
not to break any more laws.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not
return calls seeking comment.
For WNPR, I'm Lucy Nalpathanchil.
UPDATE: Immigrations and Customs Enforcement issued a
Thursday regarding Cardoso. According to ICE spokesman Chuck Jackson,
“ICE received Governor Malloy’s letter and will respond directly to the
Governor and his staff following a thorough review of its contents.”