ICE drops deportation cases

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Two Hartford area men will now be able to return to their normal lives.

Gabriel Villanueva-Ojanama and Sebastian Manuel Castro Largo, withdrew a lawsuit filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act in U.S. District Court as part of a settlement Wednesday.

This is part of an agreement negotiated with Immigration & Customs Enforcement. Under the terms of the agreement, ICE has terminated deportation proceedings against both men in exchange for dismissal of their claims against ICE.

Two years ago both men were arrested separately for driving offenses and in turn were incarcerated under ICE detainers. The detainer allowed ICE to keep the men pass the expiration of their criminal custody.

In November 2013, the two men filed suit, seeking damages for their unlawful imprisonment. Shortly afterwards, ICE agreed to drop the deportation cases against each man in exchange for dismissal of their civil rights claims.

Mr. Villanueva-Ojanama is a 37-year-old resident of Hartford, where he has lived for more than four years. Mr. Castro Largo is a 34-year-old resident of Meriden, and he has also lived here for more than four years.

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