Lawyer: ICE used immigrant’s 9-year-old son to detain him

FILE - In this July 7, 2015 file photo, immigrants from El Salvador and Guatemala who entered the country illegally board a bus after they were released from a family detention center in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Advocates for a Guatemalan native living in the U.S. illegally claim that federal immigration agents used the man’s 9-year-old son as “bait” to take him into custody.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency didn’t immediately respond Saturday to requests for comment.

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The Hartford Courant reports ( Connecticut resident Mynor Espinoza is being held at a federal facility in Massachusetts. He was arrested in June and has a bail hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

Espinoza’s lawyer, Yazmin Rodriguez, said Friday that Espinoza’s son was picked up about a year ago after he attempted to enter the U.S. unaccompanied and was turned over to Espinoza.

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Rodriguez says Espinoza was asked to come in to ICE offices in Hartford to sign papers for his son and was immediately arrested.