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New Fairfield Couple Devastated by Husband’s Deportation Order

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Joel and Samantha have been married since 2010 and live with their two children in New Fairfield. Joel has been ordered to leave the country on August 17.

According to a story in, on July 20, Joel Colindres was given a deportation order by an officer of Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) in Hartford ordering him to be on a plane to Guatemala on August 17. After the order was executed Joel was fitted for an ankle bracelet which he must wear until he boards the flight.

Related: Connecticut Woman Defies Deportation Order

Joel and Samantha have two children, 6 year old Preston and 2 year old, Lila. When asked why he left his home country in the first place, he said:

Life in Guatemala was dangerous. I was held at gunpoint many times. I’m scared to go back. I’m afraid that I’ll be kidnapped or killed and that my kids won’t have a father.

Here’s where Colindres made his mistake. Years ago, he missed a court date in Texas which caused him to receive an ‘order of removal’ which he told authorities he never received because they sent the notice to the wrong address. 

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Should a man with no criminal record, who works as a carpenter full time and is married with two small children be deported just because he missed a court date years ago? As Trump said, I thought only ‘bad hombres’ were targeted for deportation?

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