The New Fairfield father who got a stay of deportation in August failed in his bid to get a second reprieve and returned to his native Guatemala Wednesday, an attorney for Joel Colindrés said.

“Mr. Colindrés has always been arguing for the same thing and that has not changed — to have a hearing in front of an immigration judge,” said Hartford attorney Erin O’Neil-Baker. “He has never had that opportunity.”

Colindrés has a job, two young children, no criminal record and is married to a U.S. citizen. He pays taxes and owns his own home. His case attracted the attention of the national media and local activists, who staged several rallies this month urging immigration officials to reconsider their decision to deport him.

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