A Honduran woman and her 3-year-old son who spent nearly two years in a Pennsylvania center used by the U.S. government to house asylum-seeking immigrants have been freed by a judge. NewsWorks reports a York County immigration judge ordered the immediate release of Wendy Osorio Martinez and Diego Rivera Osorio after a hearing Monday.
They were among four families held at the Berks Family Residential Center. Their detentions have sparked protests, a hunger strike and letters from politicians seeking their release. The judge took into consideration two recent federal court opinions that children apprehended near the U.S.-Mexico border have due-process rights.
Osorio Martinez’s lawyer says she was released because she’s the child’s only caretaker. They plan to relocate to Houston to live with family.