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After Immigration Officials Change Course, Meriden Mother Faces Deportation Again

Nelly Cumbicos being interviewed outside a Meriden City Council meeting on February 5, several hours after learning of her initial deportation.
Photo courtesy of Judy Sirota Rosenthal

The story of a mother from Meriden, Connecticut, went viral earlier this year when more than 13,000 people signed an online petition asking immigration officials to let her stay in the country. Nelly Cumbicos fled her native Ecuador nearly 20 years ago because of violent threats against her family.

She has a teenage son who was born in the United States and she’s married to a U.S. citizen, but immigration officials scheduled her for deportation in February. Then, those immigration officials changed their minds…twice.

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