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In a drive to crack down on illegal immigrants, the United States has locked up or thrown out dozens, probably many more, of its own citizens over the past eight years. A monthslong AP investigation has documented 55 such cases, on the basis of interviews, lawsuits and documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. These citizens are detained for anything from a day to five years. Immigration lawyers say there are actually hundreds of such cases.
It is illegal to deport U.S. citizens or detain them for immigration violations.
It is illegal to deport U.S. citizens or detain them for immigration violations. Yet citizens still end up in detention because the system is overwhelmed
It's impossible to know exactly how many citizens have been detained or deported because nobody keeps track.
These cases are surprisingly, painfully common," she said.
Originally posted by octotom
I wonder how much of this has to do with someone being unfortunate enough to have the same name as a known illegal.