It’s funny – I keep hearing complaints about how our government doesn’t deport people who are in this country illegally. Lately, they seem intent on deporting people who are here legally.
Aside from our client Sameh Khouzam (see posts below on his case), it turns out that
federal immigration officers and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department illegally deported a U.S. citizen, Pedro Guzman, to Mexico last month. The ACLU of Southern California and a law firm have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking his safe return.
According to the ACLU of Southern California, Guzman “was born in Los Angeles and raised in Lancaster, California. He was serving time at Men’s Central Jail for a misdemeanor offense when he was deported to Tijuana May 10 or 11. Mr. Guzman is developmentally disabled, does not read or write English well, and knows no one in Tijuana. He declared at his booking that he was born in California.”
On Wednesday a US District judge ruled he wasn’t sure that he had the authority to order the government to help find Pedro Guzman, though he said it would be the “right” and “moral” thing to do, according to an AP story.
The story goes on to say that “U.S. immigration officials confirmed he had been deported and said the agency had done so correctly.”
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