RI mom detained by ICE becomes face of ACLU lawsuit

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After being detained by immigration officials for nearly a month, a Rhode Island woman has become the face of a class action lawsuit brought by the ACLU against the Trump administration, DHS, and ICE.

Lilian Calderon, 30, was brought to the U.S. from Guatemala when she was just 3 years old. She was detained by ICE agents in Boston for weeks in January after she attempted to apply for lawful permanent resident status. Her release was granted on a temporary basis, meaning it cannot be guaranteed she will not be arrested again.

In a release, the ACLU said the lawsuit will challenge the separation of married couples and families in cases like Calderon’s.

A news conference formally announcing the lawsuit is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the ACLU headquarters in Boston.

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