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Immigration Case Reopened For Norwalk Mother Ordered Deported To Korea

Richard and Jung Courville, with their children, receive a blessing at St. Jerome in Norwalk.
Richard and Jung Courville, with their children, receive a blessing at St. Jerome in Norwalk. Photo Credit: St. Jerome/Facebook

NORWALK, Conn. — The immigration hearing will be reopened for a Norwalk mother of two who was ordered deported to her native Korea later this month, according to The Hour.

Jung Courville learned Monday that an immigration judge in Philadelphia has granted a motion to reopen her case, The Hour said. Her attorney, Sung Hwang, said this decision should halt the order for her to leave the country, The Hour said.

Her attorneys are hopeful that she can gain remain in the country due to her marriage to a U.S. citizen, The Hour said.

Courville has lived in the U.S. for 18 years and has been married to a U.S. citizen for 14 years. She and her husband have two U.S.-borne sons, one of whom is disabled.

Related story: ICE Orders The Deportation Of Another Norwalk Mother

In 2010, she was traveling with her family in the Virgin Islands and was detained at the airport because she was undocumented. Courville blames miscommunication with her lawyer for missing an appearance in Immigration Court years ago.

Courville was released, told to report to ICE in Hartford and granted a stay of removal. Every year since then, she has reported to her check-in appointment with ICE and has been granted a stay of removal.

But this year, she was told to report by Aug. 28 with a plane ticket to Korea and to be out of the country by Sept. 27.

Last month, Nury Chavarria , a Norwalk mother of four, was ordered deported to her native Guatemala after 24 years in the U.S. Chavarria was granted a stay in her deportation after she took sanctuary in a New Haven church.

Chavarria also had no criminal record, worked as a housekeeper and had been meeting regularly with immigration officials. She can now work out her problems with her immigration status.

In another local case, New Fairfield resident Joel Colindres was given just 28 days notice of his order to be deported Aug. 17.

Colindrés, 33, was born in Guatemala and came to the U.S. without documentation in 2004. He married his wife, Samantha, a U.S. citizen, in 2010. They have two U.S.-borne children.

A trio of federal lawmakers from Connecticut have asked the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to reconsider his deportation order.

Click here for the story at The Hour.

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