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Rick Guinness

Council takes up resolution in support of couple

Council takes up resolution in support of couple
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Published by The Herald
Sept. 7, 2008
NEW BRITAIN - The Common Council is scheduled to consider a nonbinding resolution Wednesday calling on the highest levels of government to show mercy to a Polish family beset by health hardships and mandatory deportation proceedings. Vivian Nowakowski, of High Street, is suffering from end-stage renal failure and needs a kidney transplant. She must have a caretaker during her recovery at home or risk being removed from the transplant list. Until recently, that was her husband, Andrzej Nowakowski, but he was taken into custody April 23 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and is set to be deported. Andrzej Nowakowski has been addicted to prescription painkillers and pleaded guilty to drug-possession charges that, while minor, fall into a category of restrictive laws demanding deportation. He has already served time for any convictions; the deportation laws kicked in only because he applied for a green card to replace one that was lost or stolen.
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