They don’t need no steenkin badges

The Associated Press: SoCal Man Sues Over Wrongful Deportation:

Pedro Guzman, 30, who is mentally disabled, was deported last May after he was arrested and jailed on a misdemeanor trespassing charge. For nearly three months, his family searched for him in shelters, jails and morgues in Tijuana, Mexico, and the surrounding area. During that time, he rummaged for food in garbage cans, washed himself in rivers and walked as far south as Ensenada — more than 60 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the lawsuit. Guzman tried to return to the United States several times, but was turned away. He was found near the Calexico border crossing in August and reunited with his family.

I read some of the previous coverage on this case, and it’s as terrifying as one would suspect. The DHS essentially said that once they decide you’re not a citizen, the burden is on you to prove that you are. Oh, and by the way, since you’re presumptively not a citizen they don’t have to give you access to a lawyer, let you communicate with your family, or do anything else that might help you prove your citizenship. The sheriff’s office admitted they screwed up, but the initial defense was along the lines of “they all look alike to us.”


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