Rally underway for Meriden couple ordered to leave the country
Posted September 25
HARTFORD, CT — A desperate plea to keep a Meriden mother and father from deportation is set for Monday.
Family, friends and supporters gathered for a rally to save Giaconda and Franklin Ramos at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Hartford.
Arrests were made at the rally, though it's unclear why.
The couple has been in the country for 20 years and raised two sons. Their sons are ages 17 and 24. Both are legal U.S. citizens.
They said their entire lives are in Meriden.
They said they've been trying to become legal citizens since the mid-90s. However, after years of trying for legal status and being granted stays instead, they were ordered to leave the U.S. and return to Ecuador on Friday.
One of their sons spoke with Channel 3 last month. Jason Ramos said his parents' stay was denied because they didn't see enough reason for them to say.
The family is asking ICE to extend its deadline to allow federal immigration court to reopen and review their case.
They said they're tying for another green card through the sponsorship of their son.
Eyewitness News was told that it is through the first stage of approval.
The rally for the Ramos family began at 8 a.m. in Hartford.