Family baffled by veteran's ICE detention

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Family members are furious that a U.S. citizen and military veteran ended up in an immigration detention center, threatened with deportation.

Jilmar Ramos-Gomez was born and raised in Grand Rapids. His mother says he served a tour in Afghanistan while in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was arrested in November after allegedly setting a fire at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, pulling the fire alarm and somehow making it onto the helipad.

He was set to be released from the Kent County jail on a personal recognizance bond on Dec. 14, but instead, he was picked up and taken to the Calhoun County Jail for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Kent County Undersheriff Chuck DeWitt told 24 Hour News 8 that Ramos-Gomez was kept in custody because ICE wanted him. DeWitt said the department was required under its agreement with ICE to tell the federal agency that Ramos-Gomez was about to be released.

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