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Five student protesters arrested during Mondays protest at the Indiana Statehouse will not face deportation.
The five students who are illegal immigrants—Uriel and Erick Gama, 20; Ana Ruiz-Tovar, 23; Guadalupe Pimentel, 18; and Sayra Perez, 19 – were detained Monday at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They were all released on Wednesday morning, after ICE lifted detention orders.
The students were arrested Monday afternoon as they protested Senate Bill 590, which would penalize businesses for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, and House Bill 1402, which would deny undocumented students lower in-state tuition fees.
Gov. Mitch Daniels signed both bills into law Tuesday, the day after the protest and arrests.
ICE issued a statement Wednesday, saying that the agency’s first priority is deporting “serious criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities.”
“Based on these priorities, ICE determined that pursuing removal proceedings against these individuals was not the best use of the agency’s resources,” the statement said.