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U.S. Citizen Sues After Being Detained by Immigration in San Bernardino

U.S. Citizen Sues After Being Detained by Immigration in San Bernardino

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a private law firm have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a San Bernardino woman who was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), despite the fact that she repeatedly told ICE officials that she was an American citizen. The 60-year-old woman spent the night in jail after picked up on a decade-old bench warrant for failing to appear as a witness in court. Upon leaving the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, ICE agents handcuffed her and placed her in a van. ICE released the woman after she was permitted to speak to her daughter, who brought her passport to ICE, showing that the woman had become a U.S. citizen almost 20 years ago. The lawsuit, filed against the federal government’s immigration agency and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, claims that the law enforcement agency detained her without probable cause, on the basis of her ethnicity, and that her release from jail was delayed to give ICE agents time to come and detain her. In her lawsuit, the woman is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for unreasonable search and seizure, false arrest, false imprisonment, violation of her equal protection rights. For its part, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department claims that it neither contacted ICE nor inquired about the woman’s immigration status, as to do so would be against departmental policy. Her attorneys claim that ICE likely targeted the woman as a result of faulty information in electronic databases, which often serve as the source for ICE arrests and detentions. Regardless of the circumstances that your case may involve, the skilled and knowledgeable immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. are here to get immigrants released from detention and defend them against removal from the country, regardless of their immigration status. We handle these types of cases on a regular basis and have valuable knowledge about how to best represent your interests, based on your individual circumstances. By contacting our office right away, you will place yourself in the best position possible to have loved ones released from detention and defend again potential removal from home and family.

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