A household that runs a well-liked restaurant in Cheshire, Connecticut, will be taught Monday if Denada Rondos shall be deported again to Albania, a rustic she hasn’t been to in 15 years.
Denada escaped Albania at age 16, fearing for her life, she mentioned. The mom of three American-born youngsters, who’s married to a U.S. citizen, mentioned she got here to the nation to flee spiritual persecution and has utilized for asylum.
Her legal professional, Erin O’Neil-Baker, mentioned Rondos arrived within the United States in 2002 following extreme discrimination and harbadment in Albania that was directed at her household for his or her political beliefs.
Denada mentioned she met her husband, Viron, in New York and so they moved to Connecticut. They began a number of companies, together with Viron Rondos Osteria, an Italian restaurant that employs greater than 50 individuals, which they’ve been seeking to increase.
Cheshire Mother Faces Deportation Back to Albania
“He bought a business that had gone dark. The restaurant was closed. There was nothing going on up here in terms of restaurant business, and he turned this place around,” mentioned Cheshire Mayor and Town Council Chairman Robert Oris. “If his wife isn’t here to support him, I’m sure that this business is going to be put into jeopardy.”
Denada’s legal professional mentioned she has a removing order towards her that was issued by the Immigration Court in New York in 2007. The legal professional mentioned Denada had acquired stays of removing however that her final keep was denied in September.
Denada was given an ankle monitor to keep watch over her actions.
“We don’t have criminal records,” Viron mentioned. “I am an American citizen. I pay my taxes. I have no criminal record. My wife doesn’t. I don’t know why this is happening.”
Viron and Denada’s three youngsters had been all born within the U.S. Niko is 7 years previous. Katerina is 5 years previous. Alxandra is 1 12 months previous.
The household has packed luggage to go together with Denada, no less than quickly, ought to she be deported.
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O’Neil-Baker mentioned they wish to reopen Denada’s previous removing order from 2007 and that they’ve additionally filed an emergency keep of removing with the board, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
She mentioned they’ve filed a waiver to excuse her removing order in order that she will get everlasting residency primarily based on her marriage to a U.S. citizen.
“In an exercise of discretion, ICE has allowed Mrs. Rondos to remain free from custody with periodic reporting requirements. The agency will continue to closely monitor her case to ensure her departure in compliance with her final order of removal,” a press release from ICE says.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., met with Rondos Friday afternoon and attended a vigil Sunday.
She mentioned she wrote a letter to immigration authorities in help of Rondos, urging them to grant “every consideration possible to remain in the United States and continue her pathway to citizenship.”
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