19-year-old returns to Austin family after four month ICE detainment

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 19-year-old returned to his family in Austin Tuesday night after spending four months in a detention center in South Texas. 

Alberto Contreras had been working on a construction site in Round Rock In February when he and three others were detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the Workers Defense Project, which helped raise money for his $11,000 bail. The organization claims the immigrant had not been charged with a crime.

“I am grateful to be home again with loved ones,” Contreras said in a statement. “It’s unbearable to have your freedom taken away.”

Contreras was reunited with his aunt, uncle and niece during a celebration at the Workers Defense Project Tuesday night. They’ve taken care of him since he was orphaned as a child.

The party featured a sign that said “Bienvenido a casa, Alberto” (Welcome home, Alberto) and a cake with “si se puede” (yes you can) written in frosting.

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