Rally Held in Hartford for Indonesian Man Facing Deportation

An Indonesian man who has lived in Connecticut for decades is facing deportation in less than a week.

On Thursday, there was a rally outside of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in Hartford for 68-year-old Sujitno Sajuti.

Sajuti came to the United States in 1981 as a Fulbright Scholar and currently lives in West Hartford.

"For me, it's very, very moving, because I didn't think it could happen to me. I never thought people would be fighting for me," Sajuti said.

After receiving stays of removal for four years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ordered Sajuti's deportation on Oct. 10. 

ICE released a statement on Sajuti saying, in part:

"Sujitno Sajuti is an illegally present citizen of Indonesia who entered the U.S. legally in 1989, but overstayed his lawful visit by several years. A federal immigration judge issued him a final order of removal in October 2003. In an exercise of discretion ICE chose not to place Mr. Sajuti into custody and has allowed him ample time, and numerous stays of removal, to pursue legal options to resolve his case."

Sajuti has been issued a GPS tracking device, His lawyers said they filed another stay of removal on Wednesday and are now waiting on the decision.

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