MIT janitor calls his release from jail a Christmas ‘miracle’
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) janitor says it’s a Christmas “miracle” he’s able to spend the holidays with his family after sitting in jail for six months expecting to be deported to El Salvador.
Francisco Rodriguez-Guardado spoke on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) in his adopted home of Chelsea, Massachusetts, a day after being released by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
A federal court has put his deportation on hold pending a request to reopen his asylum case.
Rodriguez-Guardado said he’d been wondering how he’d spend the holidays away from his wife and three young children. Instead, he was able to surprise them by coming home on Thursday (Friday NZT).
ICE took the 43-year-old into custody in July after revoking his temporary authorisation to live in the country. The case sparked protests across Boston this summer.