A man whose incarceration at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center while challenging his deportation inspired a protest earlier this summer has been moved to a jail more than 600 miles away.
Although a federal judge granted 26-year-old New Carrollton resident Prince Gbohoutou temporary relief from deportation, he was transferred by Immigration and Customs Enforcement from Frederick County to a jail in Alabama.
Gbohoutou was the subject of a June vigil and demonstration outside the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, where he was being detained through the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office’s collaboration with ICE.
Gbohoutou is a citizen of Central African Republic who has been living in the U.S. since 2006, The News-Post previously reported. He entered the United States legally in 2006 but was ordered deported in 2011.
Gbohoutou is married to a U.S. citizen and is appealing his deportation order while seeking a spouse visa. Federal Judge Paul V. Niemeyer granted a stay on the removal order on Aug. 2.
ICE detained and attempted to deport Gbohoutou on April 19 during a check-in appointment with the agency in Baltimore. He refused to board a May 24 flight and expressed fear for his life if he returns to Central African Republic.
Gbohoutou was temporarily detained at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, which holds immigrants for ICE through an agreement called the 287(g) program.
About 80 people, including Gbohoutou’s wife, Shaniece Hodges Gbohoutou, immigrant rights activists and local supporters, rallied outside the jail June 8 calling for his release.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has approved the Gbohoutous’ I-130, the first in a series of applications for sponsoring a spousal visa, according to Jennifer Amuzie, an organizer with the group Sanctuary DMV.
ICE is holding Gbohoutou in the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Alabama, according to information on ICE’s website.
The jail recently garnered national attention when AL.com reported Alabama law allowed the sheriff running it to pocket $750,000 in leftover food funding at the same time as he purchased a $740,000 beach house.
Gbohoutou’s case is ongoing in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorney Adam Crandell, who represents Gbohoutou, declined to comment on the appeal.