- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A Chinese architect held in a Michigan jail for nearly a year is asking a judge to release her while she tries to win the right to stay in the U.S.

Shixin (Sha-SHEEN ‘) Lu says she arrived in Detroit early in 2014, returned to China a few weeks later and then re-entered the U.S. last May - all on a valid visa.

But Lu’s lawsuit, filed Tuesday, says she was stopped by immigration agents on her return and remains in the Calhoun County jail. She wants to be released while she seeks asylum, based on persecution in China. Her asylum case is pending.

The government said it couldn’t immediately comment on the lawsuit, which is assigned to an Ann Arbor federal judge.

Lu’s husband and daughter live in Troy.

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