The Latest: Advocates: ICE not giving immigrant enough time

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

5 p.m.

Advocates for an immigrant who faces deportation to Honduras despite the need for a kidney transplant say a six-month reprieve won’t be long enough.

Supporters, including Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy rallied Thursday evening in front of Hartford’s federal building in support of Nelson Rosales Santos, who entered the country illegally 30 years ago.

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Supporters say the 49-year-old would not have immediate access to dialysis in his native country and the deportation would amount to a death sentence. They say his doctors in Connecticut won’t perform the surgery without assurances that he will be in the U.S. for at least a year for follow-up treatments.

Santos has asked President Donald Trump to “be nice,” and says he feels like he and others are being treated worse than animals.

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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.

That agency had no comment Thursday.

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