- Associated Press - Friday, March 15, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) - A Gambian immigrant who was threatened with deportation has been released from a detention facility after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pardoned him for past crimes.

Baba Sillah was released Friday from the Hudson County Correctional Facility in New Jersey. His release followed a campaign to win his freedom by immigrant advocates and Sillah’s union, Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.

The 47-year-old Sillah is a porter at a Manhattan building. He is married to a U.S. citizen and is the father of five children.

Sillah was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement during a routine check-in on Jan. 31.

He was released after Cuomo, a Democrat, granted him clemency for non-violent offenses from more than a decade ago. Those included convictions for unlicensed clothes selling.

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