ICE Not Enforcing Removal of Ecuadoran National Living in Meriden

ICE is not enforcing the removal of a mother in Meriden who was supposed to be deported to Ecuador last week. 

Nelly Cumbicos has lived in the United States for the last 18 years, most recently in Meriden.

She married a U.S. citizen in 2015 and applied for citizenship two years later. That is when she learned there had been a deportation order for her since 2002 for failure to appear in court. She said she was not aware of the court date she was supposed to appear for.

"Nelly Cumbicos is not at risk of being detained as ICE will not set a new departure date while her motion to reopen her case is pending," Meriden Councilman Miguel Castro said. "I am excited that this is a good step in the right direction. While she is safe for now, it does not mean this is over. We will continue to put in every effort that she gets due process and she can remain home where she belongs." 

Two weeks ago, Cumbicos received a stay as a court reviewed her immigration status. Days later, she was told her stay had been reversed and she was due to be deported on Feb. 28.

Speaking in Spanish on Mar. 1, she said she left Ecuador after her family received threats there and her whole family, including her sister Flor, lives in the U.S.

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