ICE released Raymundo in November, and his deportation has been put on hold for a year.
In another case, Luis de la Cruz, 39, who has been detained for more than eight months after being arrested for driving a motorcycle with an expired license, told the Sun Sentinel that he developed serious urological problems four months ago after being hit with a basketball and now must wear adult diapers.
A native of the Dominican Republic, he's been given pain medicine and antibiotics and taken to see a specialist, but his lawyer Magdalena Cuprys said he needs more tests and has been told he'll only be given them if he pays.
ICE won't talk about individual cases, but Moore said the agency does not make detainees pay for their medical treatment.
After infiltrating BTC, the young activists, Viridiana Martinez, 26, of North Carolina, and Marco Saavedra, 22, of New York, gathered names and stories and began feeding the information to lawyers and Spanish-language journalists on the outside, including El Sentinel, the Sun Sentinel's sister weekly.
The National Immigrant Youth Alliance set up a hotline to take calls from detainees and catalog their reported predicaments. The organization began publicizing their cases by drawing up petitions and posting them online.
Once their activities were revealed, Martinez and Saavedra, who by that time had been inside BTC for weeks, were ushered in to see an ICE official and told they had qualified for release.
"They literally kicked us out," Martinez said.
The two could pursue their quest for legal residency under changes the Obama administration has authorized for so-called "Dreamers," the offspring of illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as young children and who often have little or no knowledge of the country where they were born.
The National Immigrant Youth Alliance claims to have found 100 detainees at BTC who also are eligible for release because they are also Dreamers, already have legal residency status, had been witness to crimes, are in need of urgent medical care, or have broken no laws and thus aren't priorities for deportation under current U.S policy.
One of those 100, de la Cruz, who had been working as a barber in Miami to provide for his two American-born children, said he continues to struggle inside BTC, with no end to his confinement in sight.
"I'm not used to being in prison," he told a visiting Sun Sentinel reporter. "It's not easy. I'm sick."
Since being locked up in April, de la Cruz said he's lost 30 pounds, and now rarely leaves his room because of the bladder infection he developed while at BTC.
"It's abuse," he said. "I've been here so long. I'm not a criminal. I'm not a menace to society."