Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has said that he has contacted federal immigration officials to urge them not to deport 22-year-old Mariano Cardoso Jr., an undocumented immigrant who is getting an engineering degree, to his birthplace of Mexico.
According to the Hartford Courant, Cardoso was first identified as an illegal immigrant and picked up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2008 and detained for two weeks before his family posted bail. He eventually got a hearing at an immigration court, but was ordered deported, and recently had a formal appeal of this order rejected.
Now, the state’s governor has taken up his case to both call for a deferral of his deportation and for overall immigration reform.
“For all intents and purposes, Mariano is American. To send him back to a country he has no recollection of and did not grow up in makes little sense, particularly as he is finishing his degree and looking to contribute to his community and this state,” Malloy said in a recent statement.
According to The Associated Press, Cardoso was just 22 months old when his family entered the US illegally from Mexico.