BOSTON (AP) — Federal officials released three of six detainee connected to a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's practice of targeting for deportation immigrants seeking to become legal U.S. citizens through marriage on Thursday.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials confirmed the release which immigration advocates called it a partial victory.
Matt Segal, ACLU of Massachusetts legal director, learned of the release of three Calderon v. Nielsen class members from detention:
"We are thrilled three people who were unlawfully detained by the federal government will be reunited with their families and communities, and we remain hopeful the three other class members who remain in detention will be released. While today's outcome was encouraging, it is also long overdue. We are deeply concerned that ICE continues to violate the law and violate the rights of our class members."
Earlier in the day, Judge Mark Wolf ordered officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be prepared to testify about their decision to continue to detain six people named in a 2018 class action lawsuit brought by the ACLU.
The civil rights group says federal regulations allow certain spouses of U.S. citizens to remain in the country while they try to obtain lawful immigration status. The ACLU said ICE released three people of the six people Thursday evening.
The immigrants named in the suit were arrested by ICE during marriage interviews required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
An ICE spokesman didn't respond to an email seeking additional comment.