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For Every High Profile Immigration Stay, Dozens Leave New England

Nury Chavarria waves to supporters outside of the church where she lived while she waited for a court decision on her stay. Photo by Cassandra Basler for WSHU

In July 2017, Iglesias de Dios Pentecostal Church in New Haven swarmed with national press, protesters, Connecticut’s U.S. Senators and Governor Dannel Malloy.

They gathered to meet Nury Chavarria, a single mother who Immigrations and Customs Enforcement had ordered to board a plane back to her native Guatemala. Chavarria said she couldn’t leave her four children who were born in the United States, including a son with cerebral palsy who requires near-constant care.

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