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Immigrant held by ICE to be released after help in murder cases

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/13/2017 JAMES FANELLI

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stand down after a judge set bond at $20,000 for William Siguencia Hurtado (l. in photograph held by his family). - Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News © Provided by New York Daily News U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stand down after a judge set bond at $20,000 for William Siguencia Hurtado (l. in photograph held by his family). - Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News The undocumented immigrant arrested by the feds despite his brave testimony in two Brooklyn homicide cases is expected to be released from detention.

An immigration judge on Thursday set bond at $20,000 for William Siguencia Hurtado after commending him for helping the Brooklyn district attorney’s office bring five killers to justice.

He is expected to make bond on Friday.

“It’s amazing news,” Siguencia Hurtado’s lawyer, Karen De La Cruz, told the Daily News.

De La Cruz said that last week, she provided the judge, Lauren Farber, a letter from the Brooklyn DA urging his release — and a copy of the Daily News story about her client’s courageous work assisting prosecutors.

Mayor de Blasio also sent a letter to Farber on Thursday advocating for Siguencia Hurtado’s release so he could support his wife, Marta Mizhquiri and two children, all of whom are U.S. citizens.

Farber ordered the 34-year-old to be released on bond despite objections from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which argued he was a danger to his community and a flight risk.

Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez lauded Siguencia Hurtado’s release.

“I hope he will succeed in achieving a lawful status and stand ready to continue to advocate with the federal authorities on his behalf,” he said.

“Willie did the right thing by fully assisting the police and my office in two homicide cases, and the people of Brooklyn owe him a debt of gratitude.”

The bond hearing came a week after Farber dismissed Siguencia Hurtado’s removal order and reopened his case.

The Ecuadoran immigrant will be able to work as a livery cab driver while trying to obtain permanent status.

The News reported exclusively last week that Siguencia Hurtado had been arrested and detained on June 29 during his annual check-in with ICE. His arrest was part of President Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

Hurtado came to the U.S. in 2002. He was arrested twice in 2004 — for harassment and statutory rape — but both cases were later dismissed.

At the time, immigration officers temporarily detained him because of his brushes with the law. He made bail, but in March 2005, a judge ordered his removal from the country after he failed to appear at a hearing.

In July 2012, Siguencia Hurtado witnessed the fatal stabbing of a 20-year-old man outside a Bensonhurst nightclub. His testimony helped convict two gang members.

William Siguencia (l.) arrested by the feds despite his brave testimony in two Brooklyn homicide cases is expected to be released from detention. - Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News © Provided by New York Daily News William Siguencia (l.) arrested by the feds despite his brave testimony in two Brooklyn homicide cases is expected to be released from detention. - Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News

He also gave information to Brooklyn prosecutors in 2012 about a separate homicide case in which he witnessed a fight at a club that later led to three assailants fatally beating a man. 

In 2014, with the support of the Brooklyn DA’s office, Siguencia Hurtado decided to come forward to federal authorities in hopes of obtaining permanent status.

Until his arrest in June, he had been allowed to check in annually with federal agents while his wife tried to obtain a visa for him and his legal team fought the removal proceeding.

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