Colorado man to be freed early now in immigration custody

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 20, 2017

He was a toddler when he came to South Florida from the Communist island during the 1980 Mariel boat lift. About 2,000 Cubans have been sent back since then, and the rest have either died or are too old or sick to be deported.

In a 2014 interview, you can hear the toll this has all taken on Lima and his family.

"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. disregarding everything that had transpired between April 2008 and January 2014", Samour said.

On Tuesday, in a 165-page decision, Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour Jr. said, "it would be utterly unjust to compel Lima-Marin, at this juncture, to serve the rest of his extremely long sentence". The decision regarding Lima-Marin's case is also now being reviewed by the Colorado Attorney General's office.

Diego added that she was scrambling to find him an immigration attorney. Lima-Marin was under the radar of immigration authorities, because he never applied for US citizenship.

Officials say more than 36,000 Cubans are facing orders of deportation for conviction of crimes or immigration violations. If Cuba refuses to accept him, he could be allowed to remain in the United States with orders to check in regularly with immigration officials. Instead, he called her to tell her that he was being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy sent back Cubans intercepted at sea but gave those who reached land an automatic path to legal residency.

President Donald Trump has been critical of his predecessor's moves to improve relations with the Castro government and promised to re-evaluate the agreements with Cuba.

Lima-Marin had been convicted of robbery, kidnapping and burglary in 2000 for participating in the two armed robberies, though Lima-Marin said the gun wasn't loaded. He was mistakenly released. He was mistakenly released in 2008, then held a steady job, got married and had a son.

CBS4)- A family in Aurora is heartbroken after a judge granted freedom to an inmate, who was released early, only to have him taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Lima-Marin was out of prison for six years, he said, and ICE did not do anything about his legal status until now.

Throughout Colorado, the DOC has around 1,050 immigrant inmates that have ICE detainers, costing the prison system "approximately $37 million a year", according to a March report in Westword.

An attorney met with Lima-Marin and, based on the content of the paperwork, told him that his sentence had been reduced to 16 years.

Rene Lima-Marin was serving 98 years in prison for robbing two video stores in 1998 when he was improperly released in 2008. "There were changes made by the Obama administration at the end of his last term, and with Trump's current policies there are other things that are a factor here". "But now we don't know what's about to happen", she said.

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