John Hickenlooper

Cuban immigrant who was focus of deportation fight is free

A Cuban immigrant's long quest for freedom appears over.

Rene Lima-Marin, who was targeted for deportation after being pardoned by Colorado's governor for an armed robbery for which he spent two different stints in prison, is no longer behind bars.

A smiling Lima-Marin walked out of an immigration detention center in suburban Denver on Monday after winning his deportation case. His lawyer, wife, father and a niece and nephew were there to greet him.

"It's hard to put into words really, but it's wonderful," he said of his release.

A judge in October ordered that deportation proceedings against Lima-Marin end and that he be released, but the U.S....