Community Stands in Solidarity with Guatemalan Immigrant Under Deportation Order

Posted Aug. 9, 2017

MP3 Special report with supporters of Guatemalan immigrant Nury Chavarria spoke at a New Haven, Connecticut rally on July 23, recorded and produced by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus


Norwalk, Connecticut resident Nury Chavarria fled violence in Guatemala 24 years ago and has been living and working in Connecticut ever since. She has four children, including one with cerebral palsy. After being arrested on a minor traffic violation, she checked in with immigration officials every year and was allowed to remain in the country.

But under the Trump administration, even immigrants with no criminal record and strong ties to the U.S. have been targeted for deportation. Chavarria was ordered to fly back to Guatemala on July 20, but instead took refuge in la Iglesia de Dios Pentacostal Church in the Fair Haven section of New Haven. However, less than a week after Chavaria took sanctuary, a federal immigration court in Hartford granted her a stay of deportation, allowing her lawyers to present new information in her fight to stay in the U.S. permanently. Upon hearing the news, she immediately returned to her home in Norwalk to be with her children and return to work.

Before Chavarria was granted a temporary reprieve from deportation, about 200 supporters attended a rally on her behalf on July 23 at the church where she had taken sanctuary. Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus files this report. One of the speakers at the rally was the Rev. Paul Fleck, of Hamden Plains United Methodist Church.

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