US appeals release of Cuban immigrant Rene Lima-Marin from Aurora

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DENVER | The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is appealing an order to end deportation proceedings against a Cuban immigrant in Colorado.

Aaron Elinoff, an attorney for Rene Lima-Marin, says the appeal will delay Lima-Marin’s release from federal custody in Aurora.

An immigration judge ordered Lima-Marin’s release on Oct. 5 but gave federal authorities 30 days to appeal.

Lima-Marin was ordered deported in 2000 after he was sent to prison for robbing two video stores.

This year, he was freed by a judge and pardoned by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Supporters sought his release because he started a family, held a job and stayed out of trouble during an eight-year period in which he was mistakenly paroled.