Mentally disabled man illegally deported after unknowingly signing form

  1. http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/06/17/illegal.deportation.ap/index.html

    Gee, do those immigration officials have quotas or something? Making a Californian born man sign a form saying he was illegal? I mean, being mentally disabled he couldn't have understood!!

    Mom: Missing mentally disabled son, illegally deported


    TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -- Maria Carvajal walks the sweltering streets of Tijuana, Mexico, clutching a photo of her mentally disabled son, who she says went missing after being deported more than a month ago, despite being a U.S. citizen.
    Carvajal says she has searched hospitals, shelters and jails here looking for her 29-year-old son, Pedro Guzman of Lancaster, California, who was jailed for a misdemeanor trespassing violation, then sent to Mexico on May 11.
    Guzman's relatives sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department last week in federal court, claiming Guzman was a U.S. citizen and had been wrongfully deported and demanding that U.S. authorities help find him.
    "I'm searching for him because he's my son. But it should be (U.S. authorities) searching for him," Carvajal, a 49-year-old fast-food restaurant worker from Lancaster, said Sunday in Tijuana. "They made the mistake. Not me."
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed Guzman had been deported and said the agency had done so correctly. "ICE has no reason to believe that it improperly removed Pedro Guzman," read a statement.
    Officials at the U.S. consulate in Tijuana say they have made calls to help search for Guzman and asked other consulates in Mexico if they have information.
    "We are doing things to help that we are not obliged to do," said consulate spokeswoman Lorena Blanco.
    Carvajal, a brown-haired woman with glasses, said he called the family on May 11 to say he was deported but the phone cut off before she could find out where he was.
    She said she never thought she would end up having to search Tijuana's hospital and morgues for her son, but vowed to keep on doing it because "I have to." She is not carrying her son's birth certificate with her, saying her main concern is finding him.
    Guzman can't read or write and has trouble processing information. Carvajal fears he could be an easy victim for robbers.
    The lawsuit says Guzman was asked about his immigration status in jail and responded that he was born in California of Mexican parents.
    Sometime after that, the Sheriff's Department identified him as a non-citizen, obtained his signature for voluntary removal from the United States and turned him over to Customs and Immigration Enforcement, a division of the Homeland Security Department, for deportation.
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, which helped file the lawsuit, says it has Guzman's birth certificate showing he was born at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
    It also says that Guzman had previously done jail time for drug possession, so he had a record that could have been cross-checked before a deportation decision was made.
    The Sheriff's Department has said it followed procedures correctly.
    In California, Guzman's brother, Michael Guzman, said last week that during a phone call to the family the 29-year-old said he had been deported and asked a passer-by where he was. The family could hear the person respond: "Tijuana."
    Michael Guzman said his parents were from Mexico, but seven children, including Pedro, were born in California. Pedro, who takes the last name of his father, speaks both English and Spanish.
    Carvajal said she keeps seeing glimpses of people on the Tijuana streets that she thinks are her son and runs toward them. But each time she finds she is mistaken.
    "I have to fight for my son," she said.
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  2. That's awful! I wish there was something I could do to help. I thought contracts were only binding if signed in a "normal state of mind?" That poor mother!!
     
  3. That is horrible!!!
     
  4. I really hope she finds her son. And if he really is a US citizen, then I hope she sues their asses. Looking Mexican doesn't necessarily mean you were born in Mexico.
     
  5. :censor:

    This "ICE" team is wreaking havoc in California. There was a big hub-bub a few months ago in the news because the "ICE" team were going into poor farmworker homes at 5 in the morning, knocking doors down, scaring children, and they DIDN'T even contact these people at any other time...Hello?? It fell out of the news after a couple of weeks, with the "ICE" team backpeddling.

    I hope this mother finds her son. :sad:
     
  6. I saw that on CNN.com this morning. It's so sad. I really hope they're able to find him & that he's safe! Shame on the government for not stepping up and performing a more active search for him!!
     
  7. Sometimes I really feel bad for a lot of the latin, american-asians, etc people in the United States. Sure, they don't look white, but they're Americans who face discrimination in their own country, and what's worse is that they can't just pack up and leave and go to a home country who will treat them as its own citizens. Really sucks when your own country doesn't want you or deports you.
     
  8. That is so sad and the flippant words of the spokesperson so infuriates me.