Stamford mom facing deportation counts down time left with family

<p>A Stamford mom spent Tuesday at home as she awaits news from immigration officials about her deportation to Guatemala.</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 21, 2017, 4:16 PM

Updated 2,381 days ago

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A Stamford mom spent Tuesday at home as she awaits news from immigration officials about her deportation to Guatemala.
Authorities told Miriam Martinez Monday that her time has run out in the United States. Close to 100 community members held a prayer vigil outside her home Tuesday.
On Monday, Martinez skipped her 3 p.m. flight and instead went home to cook dinner for her two daughters and wait.
Stamford Mayor David Martin says deporting Martinez, who has lived here for 25 years, is unjust especially two days before Thanksgiving.
"It is just so wrong," he says.
According to Martinez's attorney, Glenn Formica, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials know where she lives and can come and get her if they want.
Formica says the file immigration has for her is incomplete, and the family is still pleading with Homeland Security officials to allow her to stay. 
Martinez says that she is the primary caretaker of her 12-year-old daughter, Brianna, who has Type 1 diabetes and is an American citizen, like her other daughter.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he is battling with the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration, to allow Martinez to stay. She has lived in the country for 25 years.
"This heartless, inhumane policy is absolutely against our national security interests and our humanitarian values," Blumenthal says.


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