Texas flight attendant detained by ICE released after month in custody

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) A College Station flight attendant who was detained by ICE after a flight back to the United States from Mexico was released Friday by authorities at a facility in Conroe, KBTX-TV in Bryan has confirmed.

Selene Saavedra Roman's husband, David Watkins, told KBTX his wife was released early Friday afternoon after her story began to circulate in the media.

Roman, a Texas A&M graduate and a flight attendant for Mesa Airlines, is also a DACA recipient.

She was detained in mid-February at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after returning from Mexico.

The 28-year-old had been assured by Mesa Airlines that she could legally fly to Mexico and back, but was detained upon her arrival back to the United States.

Roman came to the United States as an undocumented child from Peru at the age of 3.

She grew up in Texas, graduated from Texas A&M, attained legal status under Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, and then married a U.S. citizen.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have already granted her I-130 Petition, which puts her on the path to lawful permanent residency.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Roman didn't have a valid document to enter the country, The Associated Press reported.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says on its website that those who travel outside the country without permission are no longer covered by the program.