Duff: Norwalk Church Should Shelter Undocumented Immigrant Facing Deportation – Connecticut News

Duff: Norwalk Church Should Shelter Undocumented Immigrant Facing Deportation – Connecticut News

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff is calling on a local church to protect an undocumented immigrant from Korea who is facing deportation next month.

“I am counting on the local faith community to do the right thing and provide sanctuary” for Jung Courville, the Norwalk Democrat said Monday, the same day a vigil was scheduled for the woman.

Duff’s comments come weeks after Nury Chavarria, another undocumented immigrant from Norwalk, sought sanctuary in a New Haven church and successfully secured an emergency stay in her deportation case.

Courville owns a flower shop in Norwalk, according to her supporters with Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut. She has lived in the U.S. since 1999 and has a U.S. citizen husband, two citizen children and no criminal record, they said.

In 2010 while traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands Courville was detained at the airport because of her immigration status and told to report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Hartford. She did and was granted a stay of removal, something that occurred regularly until last month, when at a check-in appointment she was told to report by Aug. 28 with a plane ticket to Korea and to leave by Sept. 27.

“Our country needs people like Jung Courville,” CONNECT said in a post on its Facebook page. “She has proven herself to be a woman of responsibility, generosity, and faith.”

Immigrant rights activists have said stepped-up enforcement under President Donald Trump has led to more undocumented immigrants in Connecticut — including those with jobs, children and no criminal records — facing deportation.

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