Despite Clean Criminal Backgrounds, Two Immigrants In New England Face Deportation

Jul 17, 2017

Immigrants across the country are experiencing changes in the way the federal government enforces immigration law under the Trump administration. In New England, some immigrants lacking documentation have been detained even though they have no criminal background. 

In some cases, they have lived in this country for years and would leave behind spouses and children.

This week, two stories of immigrants facing deportation this week.

We start in Connecticut, where an immigrant mother has lived without documentation for 24 years. She has no criminal record – and would leave behind four children.

Signatures have also been collected in Massachusetts for a Chelsea man who has been fighting to stay in the U.S. for a decade. He is now suddenly facing deportation, despite receiving letters of support from Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey.

Francisco Rodriguez was taken into federal custody last week when he arrived for a scheduled appointment with immigration officials. He was granted a temporary stay of his removal until Monday, when Rodriguez will appear at a hearing in district court to determine whether his detention is legal.

Update: Rodriguez has been granted an emergency stay of removal.

This report comes from the New England News Collaborative. Eight public media companies coming together to tell the story of a changing region, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting