Cafe Tango owner faces deportation

Unless things change dramatically for Emilio Maya, a restaurant owner, husband and father in Saugerties, he'll be on a plane to Argentina in a few weeks. A Daily Freeman story reports that on November 17, immigration agents seized him on his way to work and shipped him to a jail in Pennsylvania.


From that jail, Maya said, he was brought to Manhattan to be deported. “The Argentine Embassy called my wife and said, ‘Bring a suitcase, he’s being deported,’” Maya said.


Lucky for him, Congressman Maurice Hinchey eats at the Cafe Tango; the rep pulled some strings and got a 90-day delay of Maya's deportation order. Saugerties locals are fundraising for his legal defense, and gathering signatures on a petition to allow Maya and his sister Analia stay in the country.