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US citizen wrongfully held in immigration detention for weeks

Being held in any type of law enforcement detention is a frightening prospect for most people. Numerous individuals understandably fear immigration detention and the possibility that they will be removed from New York or other parts of the United States. Unfortunately, even individuals with U.S. citizenship could face the risk of detention.

It was recently reported that one out-of-state man had been detained in a county sheriff's office on orders from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency despite the fact that he was born in the United States and lived here his entire life. The situation began when he appeared at the sheriff's office in regard to a probation violation. However, his fingerprints ended up at the ICE agency, and the agency requested that the sheriff's office detain the man due to "unspecified biometric information."

The man was informed of the ICE hold, and he told police at the sheriff's office that he was a citizen and was born in Philadelphia. Nonetheless, authorities continued his detainment and told him he was likely going to be deported to Jamaica. The man was detained for three weeks before being transferred to an ICE detention center where he told the agents that he was a citizen. After reviewing his birth certificate, the man was released from custody. Since then, a lawsuit has been filed on his behalf against the sheriff's department.

Immigration detention can be frightening enough without being placed there unjustly. Unfortunately, as this case shows, even U.S. citizens could be wrongfully detained. Any individual facing issues with this type of detention may wish to consult with knowledgeable New York attorneys about their options.

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