07/31/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/31/2021 08:52
NEW HAVEN - House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) issued the following statement on the approval of a stay of deportation for Nelson Pinos:
'We are a nation of immigrants, and this should be a time of celebration for the entire New Haven Community. After years of work, against the cruelty of the Trump administration, Nelson Pinos has finally been granted a stay. A brave, courageous partner and father, Mr. Pinos and our entire community can breathe a sigh of relief.
'Nelson's story is all too common across the country and represents a broken immigration system. This system was made worse under the dangerous, inhumane practices of the previous administration, but we still have work to do. There are too many people in our communities who work hard for decades and make our communities vibrant yet are forced to live in constant fear of deportation. Today, we celebrate Nelson, tomorrow, we continue the work until there is comprehensive immigration reform that creates a path to citizenship.'
In 2017, Mr. Pinos contacted Congresswoman DeLauro about his deportation case. Since then, on Nelson's behalf, DeLauro worked against the Trump administration and wrote letters to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) asking for prosecutorial discretion and an emergency stay of deportation.
Nelson has resided in the United States for 29 years. With his partner and three children, he is an integral part of the New Haven community.