Immigrant freed from custody 5 days after judicial ruling

January 15, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An immigrant from Cuba living in New Hampshire has been freed from federal custody five days after an immigration judge ruled that deportation proceedings be dropped against him.

Victor Gonzalez-Triana was granted permanent residency on Jan. 2 and received his “green card” in the mail Monday. The judge ruled Jan. 10, but Gonzalez-Triana was still being held in an ICE facility in Massachusetts. The ACLU of New Hampshire filed a lawsuit requesting his release Monday. He was freed Tuesday.

Gonzalez-Triana came to the United States in 1994. He’s been a business owner in New Hampshire. He was detained by ICE in September for falling out of immigration status, and while detained he applied and was approved for permanent residency.

A message seeking comment was left with the U.S. attorney representing the government.

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