Tuesday, November 23, 2021

U.S. Immigration Authorities Allegedly Detained Naturalized Citizen For More Than a Month


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Newsweek reports that a lawsuit filed yesterday alleges that United States immigration agents detained a man for over a month even though he was a U.S. citizen.  The ACLU of Northern California and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus filed the suit. It alleges that after Brian Bukle served a prison sentence in California, he was held in the Mesa Verde Detention Facility in Central California for over a month before his citizenship status was verified.

The ACLU press release on the suit is here.  It includes facts on the case and a link to the complaint.  The press release states that

"Civil rights groups in California sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the unlawful arrest of Brian Bukle, a Black resident of Riverside County who has lived in the United States since he was a toddler and has been a U.S. citizen for over 50 years. . . . Black immigrants are significantly more likely to be targeted for deportation. Seven percent of non-citizens in the U.S. are Black, but according to Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), they make up a full 20% of those facing deportation on criminal grounds. Black immigrants are treated disproportionately harshly by ICE–they are six times more likely to be sent to solitary confinement. In addition, Haitian immigrants pay much higher bonds than other immigrants in detention."



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