Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a Mess

Posted on June 12, 2007. Filed under: domestic terrorism, government, immigration, Rights & Liberties |

Reuters reports that The ACLU says a U.S. citizen was wrongfully deported to Mexico

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. government on Monday over what the rights group said was the wrongful deportation of a developmentally disabled U.S. citizen who is now missing in Mexico.

Some excerpts:

ACLU spokesman Michael Soller said 29-year-old Pedro Guzman was serving a 120-day sentence in a Los Angeles jail for trespassing when he was deported to Tijuana, Mexico, on May 10 or May 11 for an alleged immigration violation.

Guzman, who was born in Los Angeles and lived about 70 miles north in Lancaster with his mother, could barely read and write, Soller said. He did not know his phone number and kept his brother’s telephone number on a piece of paper.

But the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in a written statement denied Guzman’s deportation, which followed immigration checks at the jail, was improper.

“ICE only processes persons for removal when all available credible evidence suggests the person is an alien,” ICE officials said. “That process was followed here and ICE has no reason to believe that it improperly removed Pedro Guzman.”

“This is a recurring nightmare for every person of color of immigrant roots,” Mark Rosenbaum, the legal director of the ACLU in southern California, said in a statement.

If a developmentally disabled American citizen of color wasn’t safe from ICE terrorism, no one is safe….

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