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Selena tribute artist from Southern California released by immigration authorities after arrest in Texas

A San Fernando woman known for being a Selena tribute artist has been released from custody after being detained by immigration authorities, which touched off an outcry from friends and family.

Singer Karol Posadas, a Selena tribute artist, was detained Nov. 2 in Texas, according to published reports, friends and family who have launched a GoFundMe site to help pay for her defense.

Posadas was released Friday, Nov. 8, on an order of supervision. Her immigration proceedings are ongoing, said Adelin Pruneda, a spokeswoman for Immigration & Customs Enforcement, in a statement.

Posadas was raised in the San Fernando Valley and has been portraying Selena for the past three years with multiple tribute bands.

The GoFundMe page launched to raise money for the singer’s release has raised more than $4,000. Efforts to reach organizers of the page have not yet been returned.

The singer was returning from a performance tour in Texas on Nov. 2 when she was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers at Valley International Airport, in Harlingen, Texas, according to the GoFundMe page.

ICE officials confirmed Friday that Posadas was released from immigration custody but a spokesperson noted that the federal agency was not the arresting entity. It was not clear by deadline who was.

Posadas, a participant in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, does not have a criminal  criminal record, according to the site.

Posadas moved from Guatemala at as a teenager, the site said, to “escape the dangers and threats of her home country Guatemala.”

The GoFundMe site alleges that the singer has been kept at an overcrowded facility in El Valle, Texas, and forced to sleep on the floor, denied access to basic personal care products, and denied medical attention for her heart condition.

On social media, fans have spread the news using the hashtag #freekarolposadas.

The “Anything for Salinas Band” was formed by Posadas’s family members — with Posadas as a lead vocalist.

On the band’s Facebook account, fans shared the news about the singer’s detention.

“Why was she detained? She (is) legal,” one user wrote.

If she “has no criminal record and is DACA protected. Why did she get detained?” another user wrote.



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