Rene Lima-Marin may not be reunited with his family after all. The Colorado man freed from prison, rearrested, then ordered freed once again was handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement just before he was due to walk free Wednesday and could now be deported, reports the Denver Post. The ICE said Lima-Marin, who moved from Cuba to the US when he was around 2 years old, was taken into custody "pending his removal to Cuba." It later cited a federal immigration judge's 2000 ruling that Lima-Marin be removed from the country. However, it isn't clear if Cuba will accept Lima-Marin, who could end up spending six months in ICE custody before being allowed to return home under supervision, per the Post.
Lima-Marin's father says his son received legal residency but never applied for US citizenship. At a vigil outside the Aurora ICE Processing Center on Wednesday, an organizer said Lima-Marin had been trying to clear up his immigration status before he was thrown back in prison in 2014. His lawyer, however, says his status is "absolutely legal" and "everyone is completely devastated," per the AP. An immigration lawyer in talks with Lima-Marin's family is now urging Gov. John Hickenlooper to grant a pardon. Earlier this year, the Colorado Legislature passed a motion urging Hickenlooper to do the same. In a statement, Hickenlooper says he hopes Lima-Marin will be reunited with his family soon, but he adds authorities are only following the law. (Read more Colorado stories.)