The Crescent Report

October 15, 2010

Immigration Reform: ICE Accused Of Deporting American Citizen

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 10:30 am

Introduction: Perhaps the first major step in immigration reform is not to deport American citizens who are non-immigrants.

Check out the piece below

-Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of the day: “There must be some way out of here said the joker to the thief. There is too much confusion: I can’t get no relief.”

Immigration Reform: ICE Accused Of Deporting American Citizen

By Victor Hatley on October 14, 2010, 12:57 pm Posted in Finance News

Wednesday, this week, the ACLU filed a suit against the U.S. Department of Immigration for deporting an American citizen. They are saying that ICE officers and officials coerced a mentally ill person into admitting that he was a Mexican citizen…and his real ethnicity was Puerto Rican.

Didn’t Even Speak Spanish

Mark Lyttle, the man that was deported, also had a social security number. He gave investigators his parents names, and at one point the investigators had his criminal background that demonstrated his citizenship. During a second interview and investigation the official said that he was eligible for deportation due to his criminal convictions…even though he had clear proof of citizenship. In December 2008 a judge had him deported and didn’t review the evidence that was to be presented.

Summarily Dumped

His Attorneys are claiming that he was then flown to Texas where he was kicked off the aircraft, still in the detention center jumpsuit, and had to proceed to walk on foot into the Mexican territory. He remained in Mexico for 4 months wandering the streets of Mexico and Central America. Obviously, he did eventually make it home to take the ICE officials on again.

Happens All The Time

The Department of Immigration officials quizzed on the subject refused to comment, but the ACLU lawyers had something to say. They contend that this isn’t the only individual that ICE officials have deported under similar circumstances. The ACLU is saying that ICE needs to provide counsel to individuals that may have mental disabilities. This doesn’t automatically happen. As deportation is a civil action, lawyer have to be pro bono, and are not automatically supplied. The ACLU also claims that the housing and information on how to get these lawyers isn’t very often given to the detainee’s, either.


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