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Judge: ICE agents can’t use immigration interview as ‘trap’

May 3, 2019

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents impermissibly arrested a Maryland resident after he showed up for an interview with immigration officials.

U.S. District Judge George Hazel’s ruling Thursday extends a previous order that blocked authorities from deporting Wanrong Lin to his native China. Lin’s wife and three children are U.S. citizens.

ICE agents detained Lin last August after his interview for his application for a “stateside waiver,” which allows noncitizens facing deportation to remain in the U.S. while seeking legal status.

Hazel said the government can’t use that process “as a trap for unsuspecting applicants.”

Agents placed Lin on a flight from New Jersey to Shanghai last November, but Hazel ordered Lin to be returned to the U.S. before the flight arrived in China.