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At a press conference at the William Way LGBT Center on Tuesday, advocates announced that the ACLU of PA and the law firm of DLA Piper LLP have filed a legal complaint in federal district court against the unlawful detention of Jose “Ivan” Noe Nuñez Martinez, husband of U.S. citizen Paul Frame, who was arrested Jan. 31 during a routine interview at the USCIS office in Philadelphia. Nuñez Martinez came to the U.S. 18 years ago, having suffered persecution as a gay man in his hometown of Michoacán, Mexico and living in fear after a gay friend of his was murdered. After his arrival in the U.S., he worked full-time at an auto body repair shop and married Paul Frame, a U.S. citizen, in April 2016. He was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the middle of what the couple thought would be a routine interview at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in Philadelphia on Jan. 31 of this year for the Petition for Alien Relative that Frame had filed.

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