General Vides, who has been a legal resident of the United States since 1989, was detained by immigration agents last Wednesday near his home in Palm Coast, Fla. He is being held in an immigration detention center in Jena, La.
On Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied a request for a stay of his deportation.
“If the government is serious about shipping him out, then ship him out,” Diego Handel, General Vides’s lawyer, said Tuesday. Mr. Handel said the 77-year-old general is struggling with ailments associated with age, and added that he did not have a criminal record in the United States or El Salvador; the deportation and other cases against General Vides in this country have been civil proceedings.
“To hold him at this point shows a political motivation,” Mr. Handel said. “It is an exercise of raw power.”
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