Huge show of support in Litchfield for Denada Rondos
Denada Rondos of Litchfield, who is facing deportation on Monday, is shown on the Green during a rally for her and her family on Saturday. BZ photos
Litchfield came out on in support of one of its own on Saturday with a rally on the Green for Denada Rondos and her family.
The mother of three young children is facing deportation to her native Albania on Monday and the rally was the latest attempt to get the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement to life the deportation order. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal are making last-ditch efforts to get ICE to lift the order.
More than 100 supporters of Rondos and her family turned out for the afternoon rally. Rondos' husband, Viron, and their children, Niko, 7, Katerina, 5, and Alexandra, 1, were on the Green, too. Niko and Katerina attend Center School and although they are U.S. citizens would return to Albania with their mother, who has been unsuccessful in obtaining citizenship.
Rondos' mother is her lone relative in Albania, which she left in 2002 at the age of 16 using someone else's passport.
Rondos and her husband own the Viron Rondo Osteria restaurant in Cheshire. She is a hardworking partner in the business and has been a contributing member of society for years.
She said she loves Litchfield and its people and wants to stay here. If she has to return to Albania, Rondos estimates it could take up to 10 years to obtain U.S. citizenship and return to Litchfield.
Denada Rondos hugs a supporter on the Green.
Supporters of the Rondos family line the edge of the Green.
Matt Terzian of Litchfield, left, talks with Viron Rondos.