A lady whose household runs a preferred restaurant in Cheshire, Connecticut, won’t be deported right this moment again to Albania, a rustic she hasn’t been to in 15 years, after a short lived keep of deportation was issued.
Denada Rondos escaped Albania at age 16, fearing for her life due to faith, ethnicity and gender. She stated her mother and father despatched her to the United States with a pbadport that was not hers and she or he’s been instructed she dedicated fraud due to that.
The mom of three American-born youngsters is married to a U.S. citizen. Rondos, who’s Greek Orthodox, stated she got here to the U.S. to flee spiritual persecution within the Muslim-majority nation and has utilized for asylum.
Her lawyer, Erin O’Neil-Baker, stated 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 views.
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Baker stated she filed a brand new asylum declare primarily based partly on elevated discrimination and violence in southern Albania in opposition to the Greek minority ethnic group.
Denada stated she met her husband, Viron, in New York they usually moved to Connecticut, residing in Litchfield. They began a number of companies, together with Viron Rondos Osteria, an Italian restaurant that employs greater than 50 folks, which they’ve been seeking to increase. Denada Rondos badists with the accounting and bookkeeping.
“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,” stated 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 lawyer stated the Immigration Court in New York had issued a removing order in opposition to her in 2007 and Denada had acquired earlier stays of removing till one was denied in September.
Denada was given an ankle monitor to control her actions.
Viron and Denada’s three youngsters have been all born within the U.S. Niko is 7 years outdated. Katerina is 5 years outdated. Alxandra is 1 12 months outdated.
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The household had packed baggage to go along with Denada, at the least briefly, ought to she have been deported.
O’Neil-Baker stated they needed to reopen Denada’s outdated removing order from 2007 and that in addition they filed an emergency keep of removing with the board, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
She stated they’ve filed a waiver to excuse her removing order in order that she will be able to 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,” ICE stated in a earlier badertion.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., met with Rondos Friday afternoon and attended a vigil Sunday.
She stated she wrote a letter to immigration authorities in badist 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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