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Family’s plea to keep Ecuadorian man in the U.S. falls on deaf ears

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The family of Edisson Barros was waiting anxiously for New Jersey federal immigration Judge Mirlande Tadal to reach a conclusion about the Queens taxi driver’s impending deportation to Ecuador on Aug. 14 when they were heartbroken by bad news.

Barros would not be granted the right to stay in the United States, where he has lived for 23 years and raised his two daughters, who were both born in the country.

“We are completely destroyed, we’re devastated. We worked so hard on this and I don’t know how to explain it but we are completely devastated,” Irene Teran, Barros’ neice, told TimesLedger as the Maspeth resident was on his way back to Ecuador. “We don’t know what’s going to happen next.”

City Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) joined Barros’ family in their appeal to Tadal to spare the Ecuadorian immigrant and Maspeth resident after he was arrested while walking his dog May 5.

“Deporting Edisson Barros will not Make America Great Again. It will succeed only in decimating and devastating a family,” Moya said, before the referring to President Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan. “There is no honor in visiting this hell on Edisson and his family, and doing so is not a defense of America or liberty. In the interest of justice, we are calling on Judge Mirlande Tadal to stay his deportation, at least until she can review his case and make an informed decision.”

Barros was arrested after his dog ran into the road and in an attempt to get the attention of a motorist, threw his keys at the car that was barreling toward his pet, according to Moya.

“I am horrified and angered by the actions taken by the federal government to try to take Edisson Barros away from his family and his home for the last 25 years,” state Assemblywoman Ari Espinal (D-Jackson Heights) said. “I join Council member Francisco Moya in asking Judge Mirlande Tadal to stay Edisson’s deportation. The federal government must stop tearing families apart.”

But Moya admitted the case of Barros was personal to him considering their shared heritage and the timing of the scheduled deportation.

“Mr. Barros came to the United States not to be a burden on taxpayers or take advantage of any system. He came here without malice or corrupt intent. Mr. Barros came here out of a sense of duty to his family, to be a father to his U.S.-born daughters, and to provide them with financial and emotional support — as would any father capable of doing so,” Moya said. “Like him, my family came to Queens from Ecuador and the timing of this case triggers a cognitive dissonance for me. August is Ecuadorian Heritage month. Over this past weekend, thousands of people came out to Northern Boulevard — despite the heat wave — to celebrate our annual Ecuadorian Independence Day parade.”

Queens is home to one third of the Ecuadorian population in the state, centralized in Corona, Jackson Heights and Woodside.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at mhallum@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Posted 12:00 am, August 17, 2018
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Goodbye from Queens says:
. He came here without malice or corrupt intent. Mr. Barros came here out of a sense of duty to his family, to be a father to his U.S.-born daughters, and to provide them with financial and emotional support — as would any father capable of doing so,

Contradiction, earlier in the article it said that both his daughters were born here. So he didn't come here for them, he came here BEFORE they were born. So he obviously came here for other intended purposes to begin with, unless of course, his wife and him came here while she pregnant so then they did have all intentions on allowing the USA taxpayers foot the bill for his kids. Sorry but a law is a law and you knew the law BEFORE you came here illegally.
Aug. 17, 4:46 am
Dwayne from Queens says:
If the guy came here under illegal and pretentious means, then he has zero rights regardless of what his 'duty' may have been. Legal immigrants have rights, not so much illegal intruders. Back ya go.
Aug. 17, 5:24 am
The Venerable Stan from Flushing says:
The Law IS the law…………

……and just as laws can be made, they can be changed!

We need not rest our butts on the mistakes of those before us……we need to move on!
Aug. 17, 1:54 pm
try obeying the law from queens says:
It does not matter if he was here for 20 days or 20 years. He knowingly broke the law and must face the consequences. Stop trying to garner sympathy for this criminal. Next you will try to make all feel bad for the mentally ill kid in FL who shot up his former high school.
Aug. 17, 2:37 pm
Change the laws from Queens says:
These unjust laws need to be changed. Law abiding, peaceful folks should not be callously ejected from this country.
Aug. 18, 10:38 am
Celtic from Bayside says:
Until all of my 100 cousins that currently live in Norther Ireland under UK occupation are allowed to "migrate" to the US, this illegal ALIEN needs to go home and get back in line.
Aug. 20, 6:41 pm

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