On Thursday, Apr. 22, at 10:00 a.m., at the Farrell Funeral Home in New Britain, a celebration of the life of Miguel Torres will be held, followed by a burial service at Fairview Cemetery. The family asks everyone who attends to wear yellow in memory of Miguel; yellow was his favorite color.
- As many of you know, the church has working for the past two and half years to bring Glenda Cardenas Caballero home. Glenda is the beloved wife of Miguel and mother to Nathaly and Keneth Torres.
- Glenda was deported to Honduras in August of 2018 even though she had complied with all ICE directives and her immigration case was under appeal. Miguel, Nathaly and Keneth are all U.S. citizens. The NPR story of her deportation is here.
- A few weeks ago, Miguel was doing some yard work when a nail pierced his foot. He was hospitalized for treatment and, after a complication caused him to go into cardiac arrest, he was transferred to the intensive care unit.
- Our Immigration Committee at that point was already working with immigration attorney Glenn Formica’s office on a humanitarian parole application for Glenda. Due to Miguel’s medical condition and other family struggles, we were able to get assistance from Senator Richard Blumenthal’s office and Kica Matos of the Vera Institute, who helped us expedite the application.
- Glenda was granted humanitarian parole and returned to her family on Sunday, Apr. 11. Miguel passed away Friday, Apr. 16, at St. Mary’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit. The Torres family is devastated by his loss and are quietly mourning his passing.
We are incredibly grateful to everyone who played an instrumental role in helping bring Glenda home. We continue to embrace the family as they cope with this latest tragedy. We will continue to work with Glenn Formica’s office to assist in any way we can to push forward Glenda’s immigration case. Our hope is that she will receive legal status and be able to raise her children in the U.S. as Miguel would have wanted.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Torres family with medical expenses. Please help them if you are able.