NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two Honduran men face deportation even though a U.S. Department of Homeland Security staff lawyer recommended that the migrant workers be released from custody because they were improperly arrested by Louisiana police based on their ethnicity.
New Llano police said 29-year-old Gustavo Barahona and 36-year-old Jose Adan Fugan were arrested along with three other men May 29 outside a motel in the western Louisiana town as they waited to go to work.
In a Sept. 21 email inadvertently sent to the men's immigration lawyers, DHS lawyer Megan H. Mack recommended releasing the men from custody because they appeared to be arrested "solely for an immigration status check."
DHS spokesman Bryan Cox wouldn't comment on Mack's letter. The agency still plans to deport the men.