On January 14, 2019, the ACLU of New Hampshire filed an emergency lawsuit seeking the immediate release of a New Hampshire permanent resident that is currently being unlawfully detained by ICE. Victor Gonzalez-Triana was detained by ICE in September 2018 for falling out of immigration status, and while detained he applied and was approved for permanent residency. Despite an immigration judge’s ruling on January 10 that all deportation proceedings would be dropped, Mr. Gonzalez-Triana was still being held unlawfully behind bars in Plymouth, Massachusetts as of the date of the filing (January 14, 2019).

Holding a permanent resident of the United States in immigration custody for nearly a week is not only unlawful, but unconscionable.  After living in the United States for more than two decades, owning a businesses, and making New Hampshire his home, Mr. Gonzalez-Triana is finally a permanent resident of the country he loves. The ACLU-NH filed this lawsuit because the law is clear: this man needs to be released.

Mr. Gonzalez-Triana came to the United States in 1994 from Cuba, where he has since been a business owner and taxpayer in the New Hampshire community. He was granted permanent residency on January 2, 2019 and received his “green card” in the mail on January 14.

This lawsuit is part of the New Hampshire Immigrants’ Rights Project, which was founded by the ACLU-NH in July 2018 to provide immigration legal services and promote the rights of detained immigrants in New Hampshire. The legal petition for this case can be found here.

On January 15, 2019, the day after this petition was filed, ICE released Mr. Gonzalez-Triana.


Gilles Bissonnette, ACLU-NH Legal Director, Henry Klementowicz, ACLU-NH Staff Attorney, and SangYeob Kim, ACLU-NH Immigration Fellow, and the ACLU of Massachusetts

Date filed

January 14, 2019


U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts


William G. Young



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