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Vigil held in support of New Fairfield father facing deportation

A prayer vigil was held in Danbury yesterday in support of a New Fairfield father of two young children, who is facing deportation to his native Guatemala on January 31st.  Joel Colindres is married to a U.S. citizen.  His wife, Samantha, and a coalition of 10 human rights groups held the vigil for the 33-year old, who fled religious persecution and death threats in 2004.  Colindres entered the country through Texas on a provisional waiver and has spent 14 years filing requests for ICE to hear his asylum case.  He says three family members were murdered in the last year alone.  He had 2 attorneys who missed deadlines or filed improperly.

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Todd Schnitt

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