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SDNY Judge Denies US Bid To Put ICE Detainee in MCC Where There Are No Visits

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 17 -- Mayonex Pena-Ortega has been in ICE detention since February 20; on March 17 he was presented on a charge of illegal re-entry in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court and faced remand to the Metropolitan Corrections Center. 

 But what sense would that make, his Federal Defender argued, given that they are currently no visits including legal visits to the MCC? She said this is the type of case that, with lawyers' access to ICE facilities in Hudson or on Varick Street, a plea can be reached and resources saved.  

SDNY Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron asked the Assistant US Attorney, Isn't ICE part of the executive branches, like your Office?  To Inner City Press, it was not clear if it was a rhetorical questions or not.

I think so, the AUSA replied. 

 Judge Aaron declined to send Mayonex Pena-Ortega to the MCC, instead sending him back to ICE custody.

He did, however, imposed a travel restriction to the SDNY and EDNY if the defendant is released but not deported by ICE. The case is US v. Pena-Ortega, 20-mj-2956 (Aaron). 


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