New Jersey grandfather receives deportation reprieve after drawing support from cardinal

(AP) A New Jersey grandfather facing potential deportation for being in the United States illegally has been given a reprieve.

Customs officials in Newark have approved a one-year stay of removal for Catalino Guerrero, a resident of Union City whose case drew support from numerous clergy leaders and New Jersey’s two Democratic US senators who oppose recent immigration actions under President Donald Trump.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the head of the Newark archdiocese, the state’s largest, led a rally last month on the day Guerrero met with customs officials.

Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, who were informed of the decision last week, praised the move. Booker said Trump’s policies “callously target” people like Guerrero.

Menendez said cases like Guerrero’s “remind us why exercising prosecutorial discretion on a case-by case basis to refine deportation priorities and defer deportations for those who do not pose a public safety risk, are more important than ever.” [More]

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AP/Catholic Herald