Monday, June 18, 2007

U.S. Citizen Deported.

This is wrong on so many levels.  I am ashamed of my government.  I am angry.

Pedro Guzman, a 29 year old mentally disabled man was arrested for a trespassing charge and deported to Mexico.  While that story, which is what the government would like you to believe, sounds reasonable, there is a major issue that makes what the L.A. County Sheriff's department and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency did reprehensible.   

Guzman is a U.S. citizen.

The ACLU is assisting Guzman's family in filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  The suit claims that Guzman was a U.S. citizen and was wrongfully deported.  The ACLU has Guzman's birth certificate stating he was born in L.A. County, California.  If you remember your basic government classes in high school, you will recall that any person born in the U.S. has automatic U.S. citizenship. 

Guzman's mother is now searching Tijuana for him.  According to her statements, Guzman does not have the mental capacity to find his way back home, and he may be easy prey to robbers.  The government, however, says it has done nothing wrong.  Yet, Guzman had previously done time for drug charges, so his citizenship and more information about him could have easily been found.  According to the lawsuit, the Sheriff's Department obtained Guzman's signature for voluntary removal from the U.S.  I have to wonder what tactics they used.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed Guzman had been deported and said the agency had done so correctly. "ICE has no reason to believe that it improperly removed Pedro Guzman"

I am sick of injustices like this by our government. 


Philip. said...

The whole episode sounds shameful!

Sue Doe said...

Yes, big news here in Los Angeles where being brown is (sadly) still problematic.

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