PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A federal judge has barred the removal of a Guatemalan mother outside of Massachusetts while a lawsuit filed by the ACLU to challenge her detention is pending.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed a petition in federal court in Boston late Monday seeking the immediate release of 30-year-old Lilian Calderon, of Rhode Island.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities detained Calderon, Jan. 17 based on a final order of removal from 2002, which her lawyer is challenging.
A judge issued the order Tuesday.
Calderon's husband, Luis Gordillo, a U.S. citizen, said in a news conference that his wife's detention is hurting him and disrupting the lives of their 4-year-old daughter and 22-month-old son.
The Department of Homeland Security and ICE say they don't comment on pending litigation.
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