U.S. Government Detaining, Deporting U.S. Citizens – Tom’s Civil Liberties Blog

Is the acceptable to you? Does it scream “rule of law” or “what part of illegal don’t you understand?”

Peter Guzman was scheduled to be the best man at his brother’s wedding in July 2007, but he never made it. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had deported Guzman, a U.S. citizen and second-generation Mexican-American immigrant, as an “illegal alien.”

How does one tell a legal resident from an “illegal” one. Who cares. Just arrest every Hispanic person and you’re sure to get a few “illegals.” This is the world the nativists beg for. Well, here it is.

U.S. Government Detaining, Deporting U.S. Citizens – Tom’s Civil Liberties Blog
Tuesday June 10, 2008

…continued from above….

Bettina Casares, a U.S. citizen and Air Force veteran, faced similar treatment in 2003 as she was assaulted and detained by Border Patrol agents while trying to return to the United States after visiting her family in Mexico over the Easter holiday. (Casares later filed suit, winning an undisclosed settlement.)

Guzman and Casares are among the thousands of U.S. citizens of Latino ancestry detained or deported annually by agents of the U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As Jacqueline Stevens writes in The Nation:

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