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Protestors seek release of MIT janitor detained by immigration authorities

Supporters of Francisco Rodriguez rallied at the South Bay correctional facility in Boston Thursday. –Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Francisco Rodriguez was not allowed­ to be with his wife Monday as she gave birth to their son, Josue Mateo Rodriguez, during an emergency delivery in at a Boston hospital.

He has been jailed at the Suffolk County House of Correction since being taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on July 13.

On Thursday, dozens of people gathered at the jail to protest his detainment, including friends, community advocates, and faith leaders, creating a sea of purple signs and shirts bearing the logo of 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, which he belonged to as a janitor at MIT.

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