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What ye do to the least of my brothers…”

12 June 2007

By Kemp Powers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. government on Monday over what the rights group said was the wrongful deportation of a developmentally disabled U.S. citizen who is now missing in Mexico.

ACLU spokesman Michael Soller said 29-year-old Pedro Guzman was serving a 120-day sentence in a Los Angeles jail for trespassing when he was deported to Tijuana, Mexico, on May 10 or May 11 for an alleged immigration violation.

The group’s suit filed in U.S. District Court seeks to have the deportation order suspended and for the U.S. government to help locate Guzman.

Guzman, who was born in Los Angeles and lived about 70 miles north in Lancaster with his mother, could barely read and write, Soller said. He did not know his phone number and kept his brother’s telephone number on a piece of paper.

“This is a recurring nightmare for every person of color of immigrant roots,” Mark Rosenbaum, the legal director of the ACLU in southern California, said in a statement.

ICE, naturally, said they were just following procedure.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. mariachi mama permalink
    12 June 2007 11:36 am

    So now he’s most likely dead. I don’t think Pedro is going to be able to survive a month alone in TJ. I hope I’m wrong, but I hope who ever signed the order is charged with murder if something has happened to this unfortunate soul.

  2. el_longhorn permalink
    19 June 2007 12:56 pm

    This post reminds me of the Esequiel Hernandez shooting. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deports a US citizen, but they followed all proper procedures so they did nothing wrong. It was the same story for Hernandez way back when.


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