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Richard Blumenthal helps detained Albanian immigrants

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Associated Press,Immigration,Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. — Two Albanian immigrants who live in Prospect have been released after spending more than a year in federal detention.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday that Valent Kolami (Koh-LAW'-mee), a father and businessman who immigrated to the U.S. 13 years ago, received a stay of deportation and was released last Thursday. He and his brother-in-law and business partner, Adrian Emin, were detained by immigration authorities on April 24, 2012, held in Alabama.

Emin was released in August.

Blumenthal intervened on behalf of both men, who said they did not realize they'd been living illegally in Connecticut because they had previously consulted with an attorney.

Blumenthal said even though the two men posed no threat, they were detained for months. He said their case points to the need for immigration reform.

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