Council denies pardon to Manchester business owner facing deportation to Lebanon
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Alain Ata saw the Governor and Executive Council as his last hope to avoid deportation to Lebanon, a country he left as child with his family, all of whom are now naturalized U.S. citizens.
Those hopes were dashed on Wednesday, as the council voted to deny the owner of Ataboys Auto Service in Manchester a pardon on burglary charges from 2004.
A pardon would have set the stage for Ata to apply for citizenship and avoid deportation, but three of the five councilors were opposed.