Mid-South reporter coming home to Memphis after spending more than a year in ICE custody


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A Mid-South Spanish-language reporter is coming home to Memphis, after being held for more than a year by immigration officials.

The Southern Poverty Law Center tells Local 24 News that ICE set a $2,000 bond for Duran Wednesday, after an immigration appeals panel reopened his case. We are told his family posted bond and picked him up from Etowah County, Alabama, where he was released Thursday.

As a condition of release, he must show up for all court hearings. He is expected to have a hearing in front of an immigration judge in Memphis at a later date.

Duran, from El Salvador originally, was arrested while covering an April 2018 rally protesting immigration policies in Memphis. Charges related to the protest were dropped, but he was picked up by immigration agents after his release from jail and detained.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said Duran was taken into custody because he had a pending deportation order from 2007 after failing to appear for a court hearing.

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