State, local leaders rally for 2 Bridgeport men facing deportation

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State and local leaders came together in Bridgeport Saturday to show their support for two men who are facing deportation under President Donald Trump's crackdown on undocumented residents.

The two families came together to show their solidarity under extraordinary circumstance at the Margaret E. Morton Government Center.

Pablo Garcia, 62, of the Dominican Republic, and Cleilson Vaz, 31, of Brazil, have joined with their families to receive the public support of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim and state Sen. Ed Gomes.

Both Garcia and Vaz say they have lived in the United States for more than a decade and that they work, pay taxes and have no criminal records.

Under former President Barack Obama's immigration police, they were allowed to stay in the Unites State once their visas expired, but under President Trump's controversial national crackdown on undocumented residents, the men have been forced to wear ankle bracelet and are facing deportation.

The Connecticut leaders say they will be writing letters of support to U.S. immigration officials to request a stay on both deportation orders on humanitarian grounds.

The men have young children, including one with special needs, and they say there will be nobody to care for them if the men are sent to their native countries.

Blumenthal says the deportations run contrary to the policy of family reunification, the basic principal U.S. immigrations law is based on.

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