Desert View High’s Thomas Torres released from federal custody

Desert View High’s Thomas Torres released from federal custody
Students from Desert View High School rally in support of Thomas Torres outside the Pima County Sheriff's Department on Monday, May 6.

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Thomas Torres, the Desert View High school student arrested by Border Patrol last week, has been released from custody.

But he isn’t out of the woods just yet.

A ICE spokeswoman said an immigration judge will determine if he has any right to stay in the U.S.

“On May 7, ICE placed Mr. Torres-Maytorena into removal proceedings and released him from custody,” ICE Public Affairs Officer Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe said in an email to KOLD News 13. "An immigration judge with the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review will determine if Mr. Torres-Maytorena has legal basis to remain in the United States.”

While his full name is Thomas Torres-Maytorena, most people know him as just Thomas Torres.

According to court documents, Torres has a hearing in federal court May 22. That is the same day he is set to graduate with his fellow Desert View classmates.

Whether or not he will be allowed to walk is still unknown.

Torres was released five days after he was detained by Border Patrol on an immigration violation.

I want to give a huge thanks to every single Desert View student, teacher and faculty member who stood by our side...

Posted by Lorena Rodriguez on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

That release came a day after his fellow students at Desert View High School staged a walkout and rally outside the Pima County Sheriff’s Department on Benson Highway.

Torres’ journey began Thursday, May 2, when he was driving near Alvernon Way and Drexel Road.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department said a deputy pulled Torres over for a traffic violation.

During the investigation, Torres allegedly admitted to deputies he was an undocumented immigrant. That was when the deputy called Border Patrol.

The PCSD said Torres’ vehicle was towed because he did not have a license, the registration was expired, he didn’t have insurance and the license plate was suspended.

On a GoFundMe page, Rodriguez said Torres and his family came to Tucson from Mexico when he was young.

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