Marco Antonio Reyes Alvarez is the main provider for his family. He currently is unable to continue as he is inside a New Haven Church, seeking sanctuary from a deportation order that would separate him from his family. We want to fundraise to help support his family as it is unclear how long he will be inside the church. Every donation makes a huge difference -no matter how small. In addition, we are setting up a needs list in the future, to help Marco be as comfortable as he can be inside the church (will update with the link in the near future).
Originally from Ecuador, Marco has lived in Connecticut with his wife and three children for the last 20 years. In 2007, while vacationing with his family, Reyes Alvarez was apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), trying to reenter the United States after accidentally crossing the Canadian border. Reyes Alvarez had been granted Stays of Removal from ICE since 2016, but his stay was denied in June of this year. He has since been under ICE supervision, wearing an ankle bracelet that monitors his every movement. Marco has worked hard to support his family, help establish his children’s futures, and build a peaceful life in the United States. Neither he nor any of our community members deserve such inhumane treatment.
Last week, residents of the state of Connecticut, activists and elected officials – including Sen. Richard Blumenthal rallied outside of the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building in support of Reyes Alvarez. Their message emphasized the unjust treatment towards immigrants, and demanded that ICE exercise their discretion and keep Reyes Alvarez in the country. A petition gathered over a thousand signatures over the weekend requesting Field Office Director Chris Cronen, Assistant Field Office Director Todd Thurlow, and Acting Assistant Field Office Director Yolanda Marfissi to keep Reyes Alvarez home.
After one last stay was denied yesterday, Marco was set to board a one way trip to Ecuador this morning. Instead of leaving behind his family – his wife and his three children, including a 12 year-old American citizen – Marco walked into the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church surrounded by family, religious leaders and community members who have committed to support him and his family in this courageous act.
Thank you very much.