NORWALK — Commmunity members will come together once again to support a long-time city resident ordered deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Jung Courville, a Korean immigrant who has lived in the U.S. for 18 years and has been married to a U.S. citizen for 14 years, was told to purchase a one-way ticket out of the country by Aug. 28 at an annual check-in with immigration officials.
CONECT, a multi-faith organization of 28 southern Connecticut congregations, will hold a prayer vigil in support of Courville and her family at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Norwalk, where Courville and her family regularly attend church. Courville’s children attend All Saints Catholic School.
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal are expected to attend the vigil, along with Courville, her family, and her lawyer, who will be able to share more of her story at that time.
Matt McDermott, CONECT executive director, said Courville is a mother of two with no criminal record. One of her children has significant disablities, and she serves as the primary caregiver, he said.
“When a new couple gets married, there is some skepticism,” McDermott said. “But she has been here for 18 years, she’s been married for 14 years, she has two kids. There is no doubt this is a true marriage. We hope that she can get another defferal, and hopefully some relief and some status.”
McDermott said Courville was given bad legal advice early on in her move to the U.S., and thus never gained her citizenship. He said she was flagged while traveling in 2010, and has been meeting annually with ICE ever since. The meeting last month was the…
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