No Legal Protections for Citizens Wrongfully Arrested by Immigration Authorities

No Legal Protections for Citizens Wrongfully Arrested by Immigration Authorities

All too often, U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) mistakenly arrests and initiates deportation proceedings against individuals who are legal citizens or who have another type of legal status. A recent newspaper article tells the story of a man whom ICE detained in 2012, despite the fact that he is an American citizen. The man, who spent a week in three different immigration detention centers before an immigration lawyer was able to prove his citizenship to ICE and gain his release, received an award of $20,000 of damages from a federal court for the due process violations related to his wrongful arrest. One immigrant advocacy organization estimates that thousands of Americans citizens have become improperly involved with immigration authorities through no fault of their own. Among the most notable of these cases is the mentally disabled man, who, despite the fact that he was born in the U.S. and has no Mexican heritage, was mistakenly deported to Mexico. The man wandered around Mexico and Central America for months before the U.S. Embassy helped him return to the U.S. Another citizen spent three years in immigration detention before finally being released. Unfortunately, these are not isolated incidents. One study found that between 2008 and 2012, ICE placed wrongful detainers on 834 American citizens and over 28,000 legal permanent residents. With an estimated one percent of cases in immigration court being resolved based on proof that the individual is actually a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, there are thousands of individuals nationwide who are being charged with deportation, despite their actual status. If ICE arrests you or a loved one wrongfully, you need the help of Oakland deportation defense attorneys who can advocate on your behalf and procure the proof that you need to prove your status. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we are here to help you return to the life that you have worked so hard to build with your family in the United States, and protect you from the wrongful actions of the immigration authorities. Take the first step by calling our office at ((510) 756-4468 as quickly as possible, and schedule a free evaluation today.
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