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CT delegates show support for undocumented mother seeking asylum

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Norwalk resident Nury Chavarria was set for deportation and now seeks sanctuary at church in New Haven. (WFSB) Norwalk resident Nury Chavarria was set for deportation and now seeks sanctuary at church in New Haven. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut delegates expressed support Friday for a Norwalk mother of four who was supposed to be headed back to Guatemala. 

On Thursday, 43-year-old, Norwalk resident Nury Chavarria, an undocumented immigrant, was set to board a plane at 5 pm and head back to Guatemala. However, later on that evening, Chavarria is seeking sanctuary at the Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Church in New Haven after defying immigration orders to leave.

Chavarria sought asylum in 1999 but the application was denied and she never left, continually being granted a stay.

"Because of the election last November all of that changed for her. She was a marked woman because she had done everything that was asked of her," U.S. Senator Chris Murphy said.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement ordered her to leave.

"Eight hours notice she was told to board a plane. That capricious and unconscionable approach to law enforcement violates basic due process and fairness," U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal said.

Senators Blumenthal, Murphy and DeLauro visited Chavarria today to show their support.

Nury had four kids and raised them in Norwalk.

But she never got a green card or citizenship because she didn't come into the U.S. legally when she was 19.

"In her case, if she were to apply for a green card she would to have to show that someone filed for a petition in her behalf," immigration attorney with the Guatemalan Consulate Ingrid Echeverria said.

The Guatemalan Consulate said it is now in the hands of ICE to grant her another stay.

Advocates and the governor pledged their support and supported this is the not the type of case immigration officials should be going after. This is all part of president trumps promise to crack down on illegal immigration. 

Besides the donation drive, parish members are doing a meal train to make sure Chavarria and her daughter are taken care of while staying at the church. 

Supporters rallied for her in New Haven on Wednesday. Support lawyers, advocates and pleas from Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy weren't enough to sway the immigration officials who ordered her to leave. 

Blumenthal, Murphy and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) will host DREAMers, immigration experts, and advocates during a roundtable discussion in New Haven on Friday afternoon. Murphy's office said, "Connecticut has over 10,000 DACA recipients and the 19th largest DACA-eligible population in the country."  

Eyewitness News was told U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they plan on honoring the sanctuary status of the church. 

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