Members of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- A Federal judge in Boston is asking for an explanation from US immigration officials who detained and released a mother from Guatemala. WBZ's Ben Parker tells us the woman had gone to a government office to apply for legal residency.
Judge Mark Wolf has given until next Wednesday at noon for an ICE representative to file an affidavit explaining things like who made the decision to detain Lilian Calderon, the legal basis for it, along with the reason for her release this week.
Calderon, from Providence, was originally detained in Boston last month when she tried to apply for legal status by verifying her marriage to her husband, who is a US citizen. ACLU attorney Adrianna Lafaille said this week that Calderon's experience has caused nothing but pain.
"All that the government achieved by interrupting that process was cause senseless suffering to Lilian, her family, and especially her young children."
Jude Wolf's order also seeks to learn if other individuals were arrested while taking steps in January to seek permanent residency.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker reports