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East Hartford father will be deported after the new year

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Eyewitness News sat down exclusively with Domingo Ferreira and his wife. He is facing deportation. (WFSB) Eyewitness News sat down exclusively with Domingo Ferreira and his wife. He is facing deportation. (WFSB)
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    Friday, December 2 2016 6:50 PM EST2016-12-02 23:50:36 GMT

    An East Hartford family will be ripped apart just before Christmas. The family's sole caretaker, a husband, father and grandfather, who has been in the United States legally will be deported back to his country. 

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    An East Hartford family will be ripped apart just before Christmas. The family's sole caretaker, a husband, father and grandfather, who has been in the United States legally will be deported back to his country. 

    More >
EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

An East Hartford family will be ripped apart just after the new year.

Domingo Ferreira is his family’s sole caretaker, and has been in the U.S. legally for 30 years, but he will be deported back to his country after the new year.

Eyewitness News first reported on this story last month, when Ferreira was initially being deported before Christmas, but he was granted an extra 30 days, with the help of Senator Richard Blumenthal.

“Grateful I got to stay at least another 30 days, very grateful for all of you,” Ferreira said.

The East Hartford family said they are grateful they will all be together for Christmas, but they were hoping the decision could be overturned.

The family has been pushing for Ferreira to stay in the United States, after getting a deportation letter from "US Immigration and Customs Enforcement" last month.

Ferreira admits to stealing a wallet and purse 12 years ago.

Court records show he was convicted of the larceny charge and did jail time.

Under law, that crime can be grounds for deportation.

There was no word of deportation until someone stole Ferreira’s identity, and started committing crimes under his name. 

The family says they were told he will be taken in, and sit in custody for weeks until he gets flown to the Dominican Republic.

Eyewitness News learned the family filed two pardons with the state's Board of Pardons over the past few years.

Both were denied due to the criminal charges.

Ferreira is able to apply again.

The family hopes their story can reach others so laws can change.

Blumenthal says he is working closely with the family as they consider their options and what next steps they might take.

The governor has no authority to issue pardons as this is an independent agency.

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