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The son of a decorated Vietnam veteran, Hector Veloz is a US citizen, but in 2007 immigration officials mistook him for an illegal immigrant and locked him in an Arizona prison for 13 months.
After nine months, a judge determined that he was a citizen, but immigration authorities appealed the decision. He was detained for five more months before he found legal help and a judge ordered his case dropped.
Veloz is one of hundreds of US citizens who have landed in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and struggled to prove they don't belong there, according to advocacy gro
People charged in the criminal justice system have a range of constitutional rights, including the right to a speedy and public trial before an impartial jury and the right to legal counsel even if they can't afford to hire a lawyer. Criminal detainees have the right to a telephone call, to be brought before a judge, usually within 48 hours, and to be told of the charges against them.
Immigration matters, however, are civil, not criminal, so those protections do not apply. Still, the U.S. Constitution is designed to protect citizens from detention without due process. But citizens in immigration detention are not being afforded that due process, advocates say.
Originally posted by SphinxMontreal
"Im not saying it should happen im just saying there trying to make something seem bigger than it really was one person who had difficuty in proving his identity."
How about if that "one person" was you?
Originally posted by JBA2848
reply to post by deadoralive
I don'y beleive most of the highjackers from 911 were guilty of parking tickets either. And some were educated. If they found them here illegal and they were deported just think of what could have been stopped.