Originally publsihed by The Washington Post
A woman from El Salvador who said a guard groped her at an immigration detention facility has been released, advocates said Saturday.
Laura Monterrosa-Flores was released late Friday from the T. Don Hutto Residential Center outside Austin, where she had been held for months, Grassroots Leadership organizer Bethany Carson said. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which had sued on Monterrosa-Flores’s behalf, said Saturday that the Department of Homeland Security agreed to release her under deferred action, which provides individuals temporary relief from deportation.
The FBI opened a civil rights probe into the case.
A man argued with his former wife at a Southern California mall on Saturday before fatally shooting her and turning the gun on himself, authorities said, leading shoppers to run for safety.
A 33-year-old Los Angeles-area suspect was wounded and taken to a hospital, officials said. He was in critical condition, the Ventura County Star reported.
The man went to a store at the Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks and had an argument with the 30-year-old victim before shooting her, Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow said.
He said the divorced couple’s children have been found safe. Buschow said initial indications show the shooting was a murder and attempted suicide.
The gunshots at the shopping center prompted a lockdown as shoppers ran into stores and out the exits.
Congolese mother, child reunited: An American Civil Liberties Union lawyer said Saturday that a Congolese mother has been reunited with her 7-year-old daughter months after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in California seeking asylum and were separated by federal authorities. The daughter was placed in a Chicago facility while the mother was held in San Diego until her release this month, said lawyer Lee Gelernt. He said the woman was allowed to travel to Chicago on Tuesday, and the daughter was released Friday. The ACLU is suing the U.S. government, accusing it of illegally separating immigrant families.
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