A gay Mexican man has been arrested by ICE during his hearing on his citizenship application.
Jose “Ivan” Nunez, 37, was detained after a hearing at the Philadelphia office of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by ICE officials.
Nunez was at the hearing with his husband, Paul Frame, but he was arrested after Frame was ushered out of the hearing meaning that Nunez was taken into federal custody without his husband’s immediate knowledge.
The Mexican was at the USCIS hearing to have his marriage to Frame formerly recognised, and he was successful.
However, his is being detained because he reportedly entered the country illegally in 2010.
Frame said that he feels the arrest was unjust because his husband was trying to get his citizenship legally.
He explained: “I was trying to help him get a better life and move forward.
“I had no doubt that morning that we were going to go in and come out and everything was going to be fine. I never thought that we were not going to be coming out together.”
He added that it was bound to put people off going through the process legally.
“Who that is not legal is going to go through this process?” he asked. “I’d rather stay at home, and be safe and secure, and have him with me.”
The 52-year-old fears that if his husband is deported he will be killed because of his sexuality.
“That is the reason Ivan fled Mexico in the first place,” Frame said. “That’s his fear, that if he goes back to Mexico, that he’ll be killed for his sexuality.”
A gay Mexican man being killed after his deportation fulfills several Republican policy goals.