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ice grabs immigrant out of foster care

Friday, June 01, 2018 17:47 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

An illegal alien spent time in a foster home after claiming to be 17 to avoid being deported.

It appears Javier Santiago is heading back to Mexico after grabbed from the LaPorte County Jail Friday by U.S customs agents.

He's actually 22.

LaPorte County Police chief deputy Ron Heeg said he was released to U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at 8:23 a.m.

Santiago was booked and kept in a holding cell for 11 hours until ICE showed up.

''He wasn't here long,'' Heeg said.

According to Michigan City Police, a worker from the Indiana Department of Child Services Thursday revealed Santiago and other illegal immigrants were in a van stopped on the Indiana Toll Road in early May.

Santiago claiming to be a juvenile spent 20 days in a foster home until DCS learned of his real age obtained from the Mexican consulate and passed on to the U.S Department of Homeland Security.

Police said Santiago was allowed to say goodbye to his foster parents before taken and held for ICE.

According to police, Santiago with help from a translator revealed he was here trying to get a job so he could send money back to his family in Guerrero.

Guerrero is a state along the Pacific Coast south of Mexico City.

Police said Santiago was cooperative during all of his interactions with law enforcement.
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