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New Paltz business owner released

Jun 28, 2019 12:45 am
Paul Kirby reports in the Daily Freeman that a New Paltz businessman has been released after more than five months in federal immigration custody. Luis Martinez is a Mexican immigrant who owns the Lalo Group, a construction firm in New Paltz, and the La Charla restaurant in the village. State Supreme Court Justice Nelson S. Róman wrote in the court opinion that, “No relief short of [Martinez’s] release will remedy [t]his wrong. The Constitution does not permit the United States government to target people on the streets, arrest them without serving any papers, deny them meaningful due process, and detain them for arbitrary or indefinite periods of time while they engage in [f]ishing expeditions to justify the arrests." Martinez was brought to the United States from Mexico when he was 12, by his mother. Martinez’s mother received amnesty and citizenship, but he, as a child, did not also get citizenship. Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.