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Marcelina Rios Free from Adelanto Detention Center

Judge Orders ICE to Release Ontario Mother of 5 Arrested for Selling Corn and Detained for 6 Months

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A street vendor from Ontario was reunited with her family following six months in immigration detention after a federal judge ordered her release on Thursday, according to the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

Marcelina Rios was selling corn at Old Town Park in Rancho Cucamonga on Oct. 13 when a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy arrested her.

It was the fourth citation Rios received for lacking paperwork for street vending, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jacob Bailey told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. An activist with the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center said Rios was booked into West Valley Detention Center and released after midnight, only to be taken into custody by two ICE agents, the paper reported.

Rios was later transferred to the Adelento Detention Center, where she awaited her release on Thursday after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay for her deportation, according to NDLON.

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