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The Latest: Protesters gather at Billings immigration office

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – The Latest on immigration officials’ arrest of a man who sued a Montana county over a jailhouse rape (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

A small group of protesters have gathered outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Billings.

They are demonstrating against the planned deportation of a Mexican man who was arrested Wednesday, just months after he settled claims that he was raped in 2013 while in federal custody in Montana’s Jefferson County.

One of the protesters, Emma Kerr-Carpenter, says they are watching the front and back doors of the building to make sure ICE officials don’t try to move Audemio Orozco-Ramirez.

Orozco-Ramirez’s attorney says his client was arrested during a regular check-in and is slated to be deported to Mexico within days.

Orozco-Ramirez said he was raped in 2013 while in federal custody in Jefferson County after immigration officials determined he was in the country illegally.

He agreed to a $ 125,000 settlement with the county in December.


1:25 p.m.

An attorney says U.S. immigration authorities plan to deport a Mexican man just months after he settled a lawsuit over claims that he was raped while previously in federal custody in a Montana jail.

Attorney Shahid Haque (HAWK) says Audemio Orozco-Ramirez was arrested Wednesday in Billings during his monthly check-in with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Haque says Orozco-Ramirez met monthly with ICE officials for four years without incident.

In December, southwestern Montana’s Jefferson County agreed to pay Orozco-Ramirez $ 125,000 to end his lawsuit claiming that he was raped in the county jail in 2013.

The jail is a federally contracted facility, and Orozco-Ramirez was being held by immigration officials who determined he was not in the country legally.

The Associated Press typically does not name rape victims, but Orozco-Ramirez has talked publicly about his case.

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