Connecticut undergrad and undocumented youth Mariano Cardoso has won his fight to stay in the country, for now. On Tuesday Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Joe Lieberman, along with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, stepped in to grant him a stay of removal.
"The merits of this case are so compelling that in his situation, Mariano’s situation, this decision was clearly the right one," Blumenthal said, the AP reported.
And Cardoso’s got plenty to keep him busy now that he’s not going anywhere. The 23-year-old has just a month left before he gets his engineering degree from Capitol Community College, CBS New York reported, but was scheduled to be deported in 60 days because he’s undocumented. When Cardoso was 22 months he immigrated to the U.S. with his parents, and they’ve been living in the country without papers since.
In advocating for Cardoso Gov. Malloy argued that the country benefits from having Cardoso in the U.S.
"We’ve made a substantial investment as a society in this young man. I’d like to see that pay off for us," Malloy said, CBS New York reported.
Cardoso was slated for deportation in the next 60 days.
Cardoso would have benefited from the DREAM Act, which would allow undocumented youth who’ve grown up in the country and who commit two years to the military or higher education a chance at becoming U.S. citizens. It failed a Republican-led filibuster threat in the Senate in December.
Earlier this month 22 senators, including Sen. Lieberman, signed a letter to President Obama asking that he institute a policy to help undocumented immigrant youth who would have benefited from the DREAM Act stay in the country. The Obama administration was a strong, vocal supporter of the bill last year, but has steadfastly refused to stop deporting those who would have been eligible for the bill. Obama has the administrative authority to halt the deportations of this set of immigrants.
Without administrative relief or the DREAM Act, the fight to keep immigrant families together and DREAM Act-eligible youth in particular, in the country, will continue this way, on a case by case basis, one at a time.