Gay Mexican Immigrant Detained by ICE During Citizenship Hearing

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A gay man, applying for citizenship was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Jose “Ivan” Nunez was detained by ICE after his hearing with the Philadelphia Office of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), according to PinkNews. Nunez’s husband Paul Frame was present at the hearing but was outside of the room when Nunez was taken into custody.

Nunez was at the hearing to have his marriage with Frame formerly recognized, which he was successful doing. Nunez’ immigration attorney Gonzalo Peralta told PinkNews that ICE coming to hearings is only a recent development that has happened under President Donald Trump.

“You approve his marriage, but at the same time you’re trying to contact the very agency that would be in charge of trying to get him out of the country,”, Peralta said. “Prior to the Trump administration, we weren’t seeing very many people actually being sought and captured when they’re trying to go through these proceedings.”

Frame said that he did not expect to be leaving without his husband that day and he fears for his safety with the arrest.

“That is the reason Ivan fled Mexico in the first place,” Frame said. “That’s his fear, that if he goes back to Mexico, that he’ll be killed for his sexuality.”

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