1 Fort Lauderdale
Local Search & News & Reviews
A Venezuelan man who fled his native country but was detained in Miami-Dade while seeking political asylum was released Thursday.
Marco Coello was taken into custody by immigration officials Wednesday after they say he overstayed his visa.
Coello was released from the Krome Detention Center Thursday.
Sen. Marco Rubio praised the release of Coello on Twitter Thursday.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 27, 2017
A day earlier, Rubio had tweeted that he hoped Coello being detained was just a “misunderstanding.”
Coello, known as a vocal protester in Venezuela, passionately resisted the Nicolas Maduro regime and was even arrested during a student march in 2014. Fearing for his rights, Coello fled Venezuela to avoid a prison sentence and took refuge in South Florida.