A rally was held on Friday afternoon to support a couple in Farmington who is set to be deported next week.
Zhe Long Huang and his wife Xiang Jin Li, known by the community as "Kris and Tony," own Deco Nails in Simsbury.
They came to the United States 20 years ago from China and raised two children, who are 5 and 15.
The couple says their worst fear is being separated from their sons.
Two decades ago, the couple chased the American dream in pursuit of opportunity.
On Jan. 25, the couple received a letter from Immigration Customs and Enforcement said their stay had been denied. Instead, they were ordered to leave the United States on Feb. 16.
Many of the people who came out to support the Huang Family are actually customers of the family’s business in Simsbury.
"They have been great owners of Deco nails in Simsbury and I’m here to support them and their family," said Renee Eisenberg, of Simsbury.
The couple had been renewing work Visas and checking in with ICE as needed before the deportation order.
Senator Richard Blumenthal was at the rally outside the federal courthouse on Main Street in Hartford at noon.
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy released a statement on Friday saying "Kris and Tony own a small business, pay their taxes, and have two children in the Farmington school system. The Trump administration’s backwards immigration policies that target families instead of dangerous criminals make us less safe. I’ve been in touch with ICE, and I will keep fighting to make sure Kris and Tony can stay at home in Connecticut with their kids.”
A petition was started as a push to try to keep the couple in America, which can be found here.
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