CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — A Crystal Lake teen who was detained by immigration authorities was released Thursday afternoon.
Friends and supporters of Meydi Guzman Rivas, 18, said they have learned that the teen is still in a detention center in Pulaski County, but she bonded out and was released Thursday.
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Meydi is a senior at Crystal Lake High School. Her school counselor, Sara Huser, is fighting to keep Meydi in the United States after she was detained by ICE in October. Huser and her husband plan to take Meydi into their home until her case is settled.
The Huser family also posted Meydi’s $2,000 bond.
“I’m very emotional,” Guzman-Rivas told reporters Thursday. “When I began with the process, I thought I would never get out.”
“I’m going to study a lot and I’m going to work very hard to succeed. That’s My dream. And to help other people,” she added.
Meydi came to the United States in June 2018 with her father to get away from violence in their native Honduras.
She and her father were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for allegedly missing a court hearing on their immigration status. Her father’s case is still pending.
“We are looking forward to finishing this process,” said Huser. “Going through the court system and one day really celebrating when it all comes to an end.”
A homecoming celebration has been planned for Meydi Thursday evening.