CO man expected to be released from prison, arrested by ICE

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 20, 2017

A day after a judge ordered Rene Lima-Marin's release from prison, Lima-Marin is back in custody - this time with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He was sent back to prison in 2014 when the mistake was discovered.

Lima-Marin never applied for citizenship, his father, Eli Borges, told The Denver Post.

FILE - In this May 7, 2014 file photo, Rene Lima-Marin sits for an interview with The Associated Press about the circumstances of his sentencing and incarceration, in a meeting room inside Kit Carson Correctional Center, a privately operated prison in Burlington, Colo.

The legal battle ended Tuesday when Chief Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour Jr. issued a 165-page ruling that ordered for Lima-Marin's release.

Cuba generally only accepts deportations on a case-by-case basis so there's no guarantee Lima-Marin will be sent there.

Sebastian Arcos, associate director of the Cuban Research Institute, says the end of that policy did little to settle rules for repatriation. "I have a ton of Cuban clients who are petrified, and they probably should be".

As it turns out, Lima-Martin is not a legal US citizen.

A Colorado man who was mistakenly freed from prison, rearrested, then freed again is facing a new hurdle: immigration court. He has promised to re-evaluate the agreements with Cuba although proceeding on the path set by Obama could possibly make it easier to eventually deport immigrants from Cuba.

He was convicted in 2000 of multiple robbery, kidnapping and burglary counts after he and another man robbed two video stores at gunpoint. Lima-Marin was mistakenly released on parole in 2008. But he was mistakenly released on parole in 2008, then held a steady job and got married.

May 2017 - A judge orders Lima-Marin to be released from prison, saying it would be "draconian" to keep him in prison and that he had paid his debt to society. He was then immediately detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Earlier Wednesday, after Lima-Marin had been released from his Colorado sentence, ICE officials took him into custody "pending his removal to Cuba".

Lima-Marin was brought to the United States from Cuba when he was a toddler.

Jasmine Lima-Marin had decorated her home with balloons and said she was on standby to drive to the prison where he was incarcerated to pick him up.

"In effect, after its utter lack of care led to Lima-Marin's premature release and prolonged erroneous liberty, in January 2014 the government chose to compensate for its transgressions by swiftly turning back the clock and returning Lima-Marin to prison - not through the use of a magic wand or the invention of a time machine built out of a DeLorean, which might have transported him back to his life in April 2008, but through the simple issuance of an arrest warrant, which merely put him back in prison, disregarding everything that had transpired between April 2008 and January 2014", said Samour. "But now we don't know what's about to happen", she said.

Gomez Licon reported from Miami.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE