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Ypsilanti man detained by ICE expected to be released on bond

Jose Valle-Rodriguez and his two-year-old son.
C/O Karina Valle
Jose Valle-Rodriguez and his two-year-old son. A judge granted Valle-Rodriguez bond on Thursday.

An Ypsilanti man won't have to sit in jail while he waits to fight deportation.

At a hearing Thursday, a judge set a $5,000 bond for Jose Valle-Rodriguez, after determining he isn't a flight risk or a threat to national security. He’s expected to be released today, after his family posts bond.

His lawyer, Brad Thomson, says Valle-Rodriguez has filed an asylum petition and will also file a marriage petition once his wife Karina becomes a naturalized citizen.

"Because we were able to establish that he potentially has relief against deportation, the judge was more willing to offer bond,” Thomson said.

Valle-Rodriguez fled from El Salvador when he was 17-years-old. A judge ordered him deported in 2005 after he missed an immigration hearing. But Thomson says the 31-year-old never got a notice for the hearing because of a clerical error.

On May 24th, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained Valle-Rodriguez in a parking lot, while he was out running errands with his wife and their two-year-old son.

He was one of several people taken into custody by ICE agents during a round-up in Washtenaw County.

Rebecca Kruth is the host of All Things Considered at Michigan Public. She also co-hosts Michigan Public's weekly language podcast That’s What They Say with English professor Anne Curzan.
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