The Latest: Deportation delayed to allow kidney transplant


HARTFORD, Conn. — The Latest on the planned deportation of a Connecticut man with renal failure (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal says federal immigration officials have granted a six-month stay in the deportation of a man scheduled to undergo a kidney transplant this summer.

Nelson Rosales Santos, who entered the United States illegally and has lived in Stamford for 30 years, was to be deported to Honduras on Monday.

Supporters say the 49-year-old would not have immediate access to dialysis in his native country and the deportation would have amounted to a death sentence.

Santos has a private kidney donor lined up, but doctors told him they would not perform the surgery until he could guarantee that he would be in the country for follow-up treatment.

Santos, a chef, is married to a U.S. citizen and has three children who were born in the United States.

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1:30 p.m.

Supporters of a Connecticut resident who was scheduled for a kidney transplant this summer are protesting a decision to deport him to his native Honduras.

A rally is planned Thursday afternoon in Hartford in support of Nelson Omar Rosales Santos.

His family and supporters say Santos has lived in Stamford for 30 years, is married to a U.S. citizen and has three children who were born in the United States.

They say Santos has diabetes and high blood pressure and that his kidneys do not function. They say his deportation would amount to a death sentence and goes against a recommendation by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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That agency had no comment Thursday.

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