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Honduran mom, son freed from Berks center housing immigrants

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 9, 2017 5:21 AM
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Wendy Osorio Martinez sits with her 3-year-old son, Diego Rivera Osorio in a booth at Plaza Azteca in Wyomissing, Berks County. (Emily Cohen for NewsWorks)

(Leesport) -- A Honduran woman and her three-year-old son who spent nearly two years in a Berks County center used by the U.S. government to house asylum-seeking immigrants have been freed by a judge.

A York County immigration judge has ordered the immediate release of Wendy Osorio Martinez and Diego Rivera Osorio.

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.

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