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Rojas first entered the United States in 2000 on a 90-day visa and stayed working as a gardener and laborer until 2010.
Claudio Rojas, an Argentine citizen who reported irregularities in the handling of an immigration detention center in Florida, was deported by US authorities, as reported by an opposition congressman trying to keep him in the country.
“I'm very upset because Claudio Rojas is being deported by ICE (the Immigration and Customs Office),” Democratic Congressman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell wrote on her Twitter account and called the country's expulsion an “inhuman, cruel and politically motivated ” act.
A few hours earlier, Rojas' lawyer Sandy Pineda had warned EFE news agency that deportation seemed imminent because U.S. authorities were not responding to their requests to defer the decision.
Rojas first entered the United States in 2000 on a 90-day visa and stayed working as a gardener and worker until 2010, when he began to have problems maintaining his legal immigration status.
According to the lawyer, he had asked ICE to investigate a former employer of the Argentine for alleged labor abuse.
Despite Rojas' complaints, he was arrested and spent seven years in custody at the Broward Transitional Center, located in Pompano Beach, southeast Florida, an institution operated by the private company Geo Group.
After his release, the Argentine denounced irregularities in the management of the detention center in a documentary that tells the real story of his arrest and of two young activists who infiltrated the Broward immigration center.
On February 27, a few days before the documentary, Los Infiltrados, premiered at the Miami Film Festival, Rojas was arrested again and the Justice threatened to deport him.
Today Democratic congressman Mucarsel-Powell described the deportation of the Argentine citizen as “retaliation” for her complaints.
Publication Date: 22/04/2019
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