Tomasz Kocab, a Polish father of three who has lived in the United States since 1986, was recently detained by immigration authorities and faces deportation, NBC Connecticut reports.
Despite owning a successful flooring business, Kocab unsuccessfully applied for a green card about 10 years ago, his attorney, Anthony Collins, told the news source. Kocab was told to leave the country but decided to remain in Monroe, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife and daughters.
Collins said he has petitioned Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release Kocab from custody, delay his deportation and reconsider his case.
Kocab’s wife, Joanna, is authorized to be in the country and will shortly earn U.S. citizenship, according to NBC Connecticut.
A family friend told the news source Kocab’s daughters are citizens. The eldest, 17-year-old Natalie, said if her father is deported, changes in the family’s finances might prevent her from attending college.
Last April, after Connecticut’s U.S. senators and governor intervened, immigration authorities allowed Mariano Cardoso, a 22-year-old Mexican national who has lived in the United States since he was a baby, to remain in the country, Fox News Latino reported.