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Woman Seeking Asylum After Husband Killed in Colombia Stays in Detention, ICE Detainer

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SDNY EXCLUSIVE, Dec 21 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on November 28, a detention or bond proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron on woman illegally in the US from Colombia, where her husband was killed by a gang called Los Esperantos, the SDNY prosecutor said.

  Inner City Press was there, the only media in the Mag Court.

 The defendant Ms. Valencia, according to the Assistant US Attorney, had been apprehended by ICE in Arizona for illegal entry.

The Federal Defender said she had applied for asylum, as her husband was killed by a gang; she has a sister living in Allentown, Pennsylvania and working at FedEx who can vouch for her.

 But when Judge Aaron took a break in the Magistrates Court robing room, the prosecutors says he learned that if ordered free on bond, ICE would detain Ms. Valencia.

  Accordingly, the Federal Defender withdrew the application for release on bond - but weeks later, appealed. Inner City Press was again there.

District Judge John P. Cronan upheld her detention, citing death figures for fentanyl and sales in October 2022 with payments of $2500 and $5000. The next date in the case is February 10, 2023.

[This detention might be contrasted with Sam Bankman-Fried. Watch this site]

The case now is US v. Aguilar, et al., 22-cr-669 (Cronan)



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