Deportation Halted For Connecticut College Student From Mexico

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Mexican college student who won allies in Connecticut’s governor and two U.S. senators as he fought a deportation order will be allowed to stay in the country for now, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday.

Mariano Cardoso, who will soon graduate from Capital Community College in Hartford next month, won a temporary reprieve from the U.S. government. He said he felt relieved and honored that Blumenthal spoke up for him along with Gov. Dannel Malloy and Sen. Joe Lieberman.

“With the three of them, I guess they had enough power and enough momentum to be an advocate for me,” Cardoso said. “I feel really privileged and honored that they assisted me.”

WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau with more details

Blumenthal said the Department of Homeland Security called his office to say Cardoso had been granted a stay of removal. He said the decision means Cardoso is not in danger of deportation for at least a year, and the stay is likely to be renewed routinely unless Cardoso commits a crime or there is another serious difficulty.

A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Cardoso, 23, has lived in the United States since his family entered the country illegally when he was 22 months old, eventually settling in New Britain, Conn.

He has been fighting to stay in the country since his illegal status came to the attention of authorities in August 2008, when immigration agents intervened in a gathering in his uncle’s backyard. After his attorney told him two months ago that further appeals would be fruitless, he began telling his story publicly in hopes of staving off deportation.

Blumenthal met with him personally, Lieberman’s office said it was seeking a solution and Malloy last week asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to defer the deportation.

“The merits of this case are so compelling that in his situation, Mariano’s situation, this decision was clearly the right one,” Blumenthal said.

Blumenthal said the long-term solution is the DREAM Act, legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for certain young people such as Cardoso who were brought to this country at a young age. It has failed to pass Congress several times, most recently in December.

Cardoso, who is nearing completion of a liberal arts degree, said he hopes to pursue another degree in the United States and become a civil engineer.

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  • Perla

    this person is just like the rest of you. he didn’t commit a crime by entering this country for he was too small to realize the situation. how can you accuse a child who was probably still getting use to life ? he’s making the best of the situation by earning an education , its not like he’s causing turmoil, in fact he’ll make more of a contribution to America than most Americans. This is his country. It’s the only place he knows. Do you really think that he would consider a place that he was only in for the first 22 months of his life home ? grant the man citizenship …..

    • ted

      Curious where is his parents and why no mention of them. This kid is not an American but he does need consideration to become one. Just not on my nickle…okay? My nickles are hard to come by now.

  • Bob

    So much for being a Nation of Laws. Deport him and his parents now! He can continue his education in his homeland which is Mexico!

  • Kory Stone

    What don’t people understand about illegal? I bet he aven has a scholarship! If it happened in mexcio they would send him home.

  • kendra

    i am so glad that they let him stay cause it really not his fault that his parents decided that they would enter into this country illigally he was a baby when he came over from new mexico and besides he,s doing good they need toi let himstay cause he never commited a crime while in the u.s….grant the man citizenship already people..

    • james

      he didnt come over from new mexico, because new mexico is part of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. he and his family came from old mexico which is NOT part of the united states of america.

      anyone in the US illegally has committed a crime. no matter how minor it might be.

      the two senators should be ashamed of themselves.
      The people who really should be mad are the people who FOLLOW THE RULES and come to the United states LEGALLY!

    • ted

      Where is his parents and why are they still here? The odd thing about people who support this kid (which on the surface looks like the right thing to do) is the lack of understanding that these kids who have been brought here by law breaking parents also want their parents to stay and other extended family members…as does la raza and some rather nasty hispanic organizations who use the term “old whites” every 10 words or so. They hate whites yet want whites to support their causes. To the boo hoo brigade…please write the gov’t and tell them you are intertesed in donating 10% of your salary permanently every year to help this cause. If you do that and leave me alone with my own fiancial struggles in Obummers economy I will go away. If not…shut the heck up.

  • The Facts

    Another travesty of justice courtesy of the current administration which is unwilling to enforce our country’s immigrations laws.

    • ted

      In all due respect…and I am not a supporter of Obummer at all but seems to me our gov’t these past few decades is the culprit. It does amaze me how people can have jobs (our gov’t) where they do a horrible job at what they do yet they boo hoo about things THEY BROKE! Like politicians these past few decades weren’t aware of problems till now? Yeah okay…if they say so. I tell you we need laws that remove politicians after two years on the job if they lie about what hey stood for prior to being a politician. Its the only way. Still, back to original topic about this immigrant…hope it works out for him but not on my nickle. Those nickles are tough to come by. La Raza and the other racist organizations can pick up the tab. The rest of you who support him can also contact you local tax office and offer 10% of your own salary to his cause…what you want all to help? Even us who oppose blanket amnesty? LOL.

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