WATCH: Hardworking Undocumented Immigrant From The Bronx Saved Minutes Before Deportation by Pardon From Governor Cuomo

Undocumented immigrant Baba Sillah of Gambia, who lives in The Bronx with his wife (a US citizen) and 5 children, has been working hard and paying taxes for over 15 years.

But his and his family’s life changed when Sillah was detained by ICE during a routine immigration appointment back in January.

The reason? For simply working as an unlicensed clothing vendor.

This tax paying man was minutes away from takeoff back to his native Gambia being ripped away from his family when the order from the judge came after being pardoned by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.

WABC reports:

“He was minutes away. It was minutes. The judge’s order came in. I think at some time around 7:57, and when does the gate close before the flight takes off? Not long after that,” said Attorney Gregory Copeland.

“Most people have never given up, but we have fought for many, many of our members. Our non-citizen members, and we have become very adept,” said Ravi Ragbir of the New Sanctuary Coalition.

Governor Cuomo said in a statement,
“While President Trump tries to build his wall and tear communities apart, we will always strive to uphold the values embodied by the Lady in our Harbor.”

Not the criminals the racist and white nationalist President Trump says are ruining our country now is it?

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.