Tuesday, August 19, 2008

More on ICE Detention of U.S. Citizens

On Saturday, Kevin Johnson discussed the Washington Post article on ICE detentions of U.S. citizens. On Daily Kos, Daisy Cutter profiles lawful permanent residents and citizens who have been detained:

Kebin Reyes: Detained for ten hours along with his father by ICE agents who raided his home in San Rafael, California. He and his father were held "in a locked room and [...] were only provided with bread and water."

Thomas Warziniack: Small-town drifter who was proclaimed by the ICE to be an illegal immigrant from Russia and held for weeks in a detention center in Arizona. When asked for comment on the case, an ICE spokeswoman said that "[t]he burden of proof is on the individual to show they're legally entitled to be in the United States."

Pedro Guzman: 30 year-old mentally challenged Californian who was jailed for a misdemeanor trespassing charge. He signed a document stating that he was a citizen of Mexico and had no residency rights in the U.S. despite that fact that he cannot read or write. He was subsequently transferred to ICE custody and then deported to Tijuana. He spent the next three months wandering the U.S. Mexican border and eating garbage until the border patrol finally allowed him back in.

Sharon McKnight: Deported from the U.S. to Jamaica after returning from a visit to her grandfather in Jamaica. Impaired with a developmental disorder that allows her only the "the mental capacity of a young child," she was left overnight in a room at the airport, handcuffed and shackled to a chair. Read more here.



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