Christian Gomez Garcia went to traffic court Monday to deal with a ticket and ended up with a much bigger legal problem.

As Gomez Garcia left the room where driving offenses are heard in Cook County’s Skokie branch court, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents approached and arrested him, shipping him off to a holding facility in Wisconsin, apparently with plans to begin deportation proceedings.

Following an outcry two days later by immigration advocates and his lawyer, who appeared at a news conference in front of the courthouse with Gomez Garcia’s tearful mother, federal authorities reversed course and released him Thursday.

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