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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

US CITIZEN FOUND AFTER WRONGFUL DEPORTATION

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This is just stunning in a variety of ways. Pedro Guzman, a 29-year old California native, was deported after being jailed on a misdemeanor trespassing charge and serving a few weeks of his sentence. Trouble was, he's a mentally disabled US citizen who had no idea how to respond to questions about his immigration status. Guzman was dumped on the streets of Mexico and spent nearly three months wandering and homeless until he was found by his family.



The story is terrible for several reasons. Even after the family proved to the government that they wrongfully deported a citizen, the government did nothing to help locate him and told the family they didn't believe that he was mentally disabled.



And it's pathetic because this is not the first time this sort of thing has happened. It's happened before in cases involving the mentally disabled.



The LA Times account basically tells it all:

His mother, Maria Carbajal, a fast-food cook, left her job and lived at
a fruit warehouse in Tijuana for weeks, spending the last of her
savings looking for her son. Other family members traveled repeatedly
to Tijuana and lived out of cars to help in the search.

How about an apology from our government? And then provide them with a just settlement for the harm they suffered.

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  1. 's Avatar
    Greg,
    the more stories I read on your blog, the more I ask myself what the heck am I still doing in this country??? Of course there is no perfect place in this world and we all have to make choices and compromise but I wonder is this what I signed up for 8 years ago? So many of my friends moved to Canada and Western Europe, I wonder if I would be happier and more welcome at some such place? I will be giving it more and more thought, the longer and more painful this wait for a permanent status in the US becomes.. Thanks for all Greg!
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    The great thing about America is that we're open enough to discuss our problems. Despite the problems about which I write, I think the US is still the best place in the world to live. And if you think the US has immigration problems, you'll find that Canada and Europe have their own bunch. In Europe's case, I'd say the contentions are much worse than the US. Despite what the anti-immigrants say and despite how vocal they seem to be, they represent only a small minority of the public. In other countries, their views would fit a much larger portion of the public.
  3. In Immigration Limbo's Avatar
    Greg,

    Have you ever thought of running a series similar to immigrant of the day, except called "travesty of justice of the week" or something? I think many Americans are unaware of how punitive and, frankly, idiotic some of the rules are for legal immigrants, and how innocent people trying to immigrate legally and follow all the rules can suffer tremendously because of the nature of the system. I think that the American public should be made aware of what can and does happen to good people, often through no fault of their own.

    Perhaps then they would see the desperate need for reform.
  4. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    >>Have you ever thought of running a series similar to immigrant of the day, except called "travesty of justice of the week" or something?
  5. Kristina's Avatar
    I"M a USA citizen who married a illegal immigrant. My husaband was deported 2 years ago. He was denied twice to enter America. He has no criminal record. We have a 2 year old daughter who doesn't even know her dad. INS told me i have no hardship. My house was foreclosed and i'm forced to live with family who might i say all have big issues. I'm upset with the fact i have not many choices. I decided to appeal his case and they told me it can take 2 yeears. That would be 4 years without my family. My husband would have missed 4 years of his daughters life. My heart is broken by this. What can i do besides move to his country which is not a place to live or raise my daughter she will be deprived of her American life. I'm thinking of moving to Canada that's how much i'm hurt by the USA not listening to my side and not caring for my daughter. I understad what my husband did was wrong but what does it take to bring him with his family.
  6. joanna's Avatar
    My sister was arrested earlier this week & today friday march 20th was suppose to be her release date but i got a call from her crying saying they were going to deport her by either sunday or saturday but she was born in tampa florida we all were my mom and my step dad were born in haiti but we werent can they really deport her? they wont let me or my mom talk to her & no body is telling us anything... can a u.s citizen really be deported??
  7. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Can you get a birth certificate? The answer is NO - citizens cannot be deported. But you need to get your documentation to your immigration lawyer as quickly as possible.
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