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Man's naturalization still leads to deportation attempts

Just last week, we wrote about the inconsistencies and tribulations of the U.S. immigration detention process. It was discovered that thousands of undocumented minors had been held in adult detention centers for longer than the legal maximum length of time.

This is just another example in a long line of infractions by detention centers across the U.S. People have been discriminated against; clerical errors have cost people lots of time, forcing them to waste away in detention centers; and in some cases, people have been illegally deported. This has been the daunting situation posed to a 39-year-old man who has been on the wrong side of the law for more than a decade; but his treatment by immigration officials has been despicable.

The man, a naturalized U.S. citizen for more than 25 years, was first arrested in 2003 (leading to a month in detention). He was arrested again that year, leading to a six-month detention stay. Most shocking, in 2005, he was arrested and left in detention for more than two years. He is currently in detention yet again -- and in every scenario, the immigration courts have rejected the notion that this man should be deported.

All of his arrests stem from law enforcement thinking he could be deported; but he has done nothing to warrant such action. Naturalized citizens can only be deported due to serious criminal activity. The only "crime" the man in this story has committed is that he is Latino -- an obvious case of discrimination by immigration officials.

It is a sad story; and yet, it is basically par for the course for immigration law enforcement. Many U.S. citizens have been subjected to deportation threats simply because of their appearance, and that is terrible, let alone illegal. The man in this story is suing the U.S. government because of his treatment.

Source: Courthouse News Service, "U.S. Keeps Trying to Deport a Citizen," Megan Gallegos, June 10, 2013

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