RI Woman At The Center Of Immigration Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

Apr 11, 2018

Lilian Calderon, the Rhode Island woman who was detained by federal immigration officials for nearly a month is now the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration.

Calderon was separated from her husband and her two young children during her detainment in Massachusetts earlier this year.  Calderon’s husband is a U.S. Citizen. She is not.

Calderon was detained after appearing at a routine check-in with federal immigration authorities, to verify her marriage to a citizen in January. Since 2016, undocumented residents with removal orders, who are married to U.S. citizens, have been able to seek citizenship without first leaving the country to apply. 

Now she, her husband, and four other couples are the named plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed in Massachusetts by the American Civil Liberties Union. The lawsuit contends that detaining such immigrants, while attempting to follow immigration procedure amounts to a bait-and-switch violating due process.

30 year-old Calderon is a Guatemala native, who came to the U.S. at age three.