By Gregory B. Hladky
4:14 PM EDT, April 30, 2013
Jose Maria Islas, whoseimmigration case has galvanized activists and reformers in Connecticut, will be joining Gov. Dannel Malloy and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro Wednesday for a major protest march in New Haven.
The only reason Islas, an undocumented immigrant arrested last year in Hamden, will be able to march is that he got a temporary deportation reprieve from federal authorities this week.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials agreed to delay action on Islas' deportation at least until May 20. That's when they will tell him if they will approve his application for a "stay of removal."
DeLauro and other Connecticut politicians have written to ICE asking them not to deport Islas since Congress is now working on major immigration reform.
Wednesday's march and rally is expected to bring out more than 30 community organizations and union groups that support immigration reform and a halt to President Obama's current deportation policies.
"President Obama says that immigration reform is a priority, but he is on track to deport more people than were deported in the entire 20th Century, about half of whom had absolutely no criminal record, like Jose Maria Islas," said John Lugo, of the New Haven-based Unidad Latina en Accion.
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