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 recalls her experience, being detained at marriage interview for residency status with her husband in January. “We’re trying to help other people that are in the same situation.” Hear from them on @wpri12 pic.twitter.com/ojsrmbnAQ4— Kait Walsh (@KaitLouiseWalsh) April 11, 2018
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.