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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut

DeLauro Urges Trump Administration to Grant Stay of Deportation for Constituent

August 7, 2018
Press Release
Salma Reza Sikandar of New Haven is scheduled to be deported on August 23, despite having no criminal record and living in the U.S. for 20 years

WASHINGTON, DC (August 7, 2018) — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) wrote to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), urging the agency to reconsider its decision to deport Salma Reza Sikandar. Mrs. Sikander, a resident of New Haven, Connecticut, has lived in the United States for 20 years, maintains a job in Connecticut to support her family, has no criminal record, and is the mother of an American citizen.

“According to Mrs. Sikandar’s 17 year old son, Samir Mahmud, his mother is being deported and has been ordered to leave by August 23, 2018. Her son will be turning 18 in September and was accepted into Quinnipiac University.  He is scheduled to start his freshman year of college on August 27th.  Her son relies on her income to support him and to pay for his upcoming college expenses,” wrote DeLauro. “I am deeply concerned about this situation as Mrs. Sikandar and her family are my constituents and their only son is a United States citizen.”

“Mrs. Sikandar has resided in the United States for 20 years, is married with 1 child, and maintains a job to support her family in Connecticut,” continued DeLauro. “During her 20 years she has had no criminal record and has been a contributing member to the community. I believe she is the type of person that we want in America and returning her to Bangladesh is unjust given the circumstances.”

A copy of the full letter is available here.