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Attorney General William Tong

10/15/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL TONG STATEMENT ON STAY OF DEPORTATION FOR WAYZARO WALTON

(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong issued the following statement today regarding the stay of deportation granted by the Board of Immigration Appeals for Wayzaro Walton.

"I am tremendously relieved for Wayzaro Walton, her wife Tamika and their daughter who have endured unimaginable stress. This is a positive step, but merely the beginning of our fight to defend Connecticut's pardon process to ensure Wayzaro Walton and other Connecticut residents receive the relief under the Pardon Waiver Clause which they are entitled to by law,"said Attorney General Tong."I want to thank the Board of Immigration Appeals for their timely attention to this urgent matter."

Last week, Attorney General Tong sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut seeking a declaratory judgment protecting the legitimacy of Connecticut's pardons.

On September 3, Attorney General Tong personally defended the legitimacy of Connecticut's pardon process before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Walton v. Barr.

The Board of Immigration Appeals has yet to rule on the merits of the case, and issued a stay of deportation while they decide the matter.

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