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March 31, 2010

OC Register: Disabled Costa Mesa man released from ICE custody

Orange County Register | By Cindy Carcamo

SANTA ANA – A mentally disabled Costa Mesa man who has been in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody for five years without a chance to challenge his detention was released Wednesday.

Jose Antonio Franco Gonzalez, 29. who functions at the mental level of a child and cannot tell time or remember his birthday, walked out of a Santa Ana facility with his mother and father a little after 1 p.m.

"I'm happy,'' he said in Spanish in a timid voice. "I was sad. I don't want to return there."

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