Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Huffington Post reports that "Eduardo Caraballo, a U.S. citizen born in the United States, was detained for over three days on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant. Despite presenting identifying documents and even his birth certificate, Caraballo was held by federal immigration authorities over the weekend and threatened with deportation . . . . He was only released when his congressman, Luis Gutierrez . . . intervened on his behalf."
The possibilitty of this kind of error by federal law enforcement officers trained in immigration law is why so many civil rights activists are concerned with Arizona's new immigration law, which would require local police, untrained in immigration laws, to take action based on judgments about "suspicious" immigration status.