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ICE: Assault allegations from immigrant ‘patently false’

April 6, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Immigration officials are denying the assault allegations leveled by an immigrant detained in Las Vegas last week.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a statement says the allegations of physical abuse and mistreatment alleged by Mexican national Cecilia Gomez-Nolasco are “are patently false.”

ICE says it has “a strict zero-tolerance policy” for abusive or inappropriate behavior by employees.

Gomez-Nolasco’s family on Thursday told reporters an agent slammed her against a table, causing bruises along her side, when she reached to grab documents she wanted to read before signing.

Ricardo Avelar-Gomez said his mother believed an appointment at the Las Vegas office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was meant for her to obtain her green card, but instead, she was detained.

Gomez-Nolasco is at a detention center in Arizona.

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