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MONTANA – A couple who are Mexican citizens and former Glasgow residents say in 2016 U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Havre detained them unlawfully. The couple’s federal lawsuit claims the agents ignored the pregnant woman’s DACA status and held her in custody for more than 24 hours.

Attorneys for the couple say the civil suit filed in April has bigger implications than the unlawful detention of two people. It presents the chance to address what they call “reckless” and “aggressive” tactics used along Montana’s northern border to detain people without probable cause.

The article goes on to state the following:

Miriam Rojas-Rosas and Julio Santiago-Ortiz, married in Glasgow a month before their arrest, were traveling back from California when they were stopped by the Montana Highway Patrol and questioned about their immigration status. Rojas-Rosas had obtained protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and Santiago-Ortiz was in the country on a valid visitor’s visa.

But there were two other men in the vehicle, Santiago-Ortiz’s uncle and his friend, who they had picked up from California, one of whom was in the U.S. illegally, according to federal attorneys. In the investigation of Jose Angel Ortiz Marroquin, Santiago-Ortiz’s uncle, and his friend Alberto Contreras-Varga, Customs and Border Protection agents held Rojas-Rosas in custody for questioning for more than 24 hours, the complaint alleges. Santiago-Ortiz reportedly spoke to authorities and was released, but was later taken into custody in Havre.

According to the complaint, agents called Santiago-Ortiz and told him to come to the station, where his wife would soon be released. Once he arrived at the station, he was handcuffed, photographed and interrogated about smuggling immigrants.

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