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Immigration Agents Detain US Citizens

December 28, 2011

If you need assistance with an Immigration matter, contact Susan B. Henner at 1-888-733-0141 or (914) 358-5200, or by email at Susan@sbhenner.com.

Immigration paranoia: Why are Americans being arrested?
Activists say U.S. citizens are being detained under a federal program aimed at deporting illegal immigrants.

An already controversial Obama administration push to find and arrest illegal immigrants is facing a new round of criticism from civil rights and immigrant groups, who say that documented U.S. citizens are being detained under the program. How often is this really happening? Here, a brief guide to the federal government’s immigration crackdown, and some of its unforeseen consequences:

Are immigration agents really detaining U.S. citizens?
Yes, at least in a flurry of recent cases. These people are typically picked up by local police for other reasons — U.S. citizen Antonio Montejano of Los Angeles, for example, was arrested for allegedly shoplifting a $10 bottle of perfume last month. But in custody, he was tagged as a suspected illegal immigrant by federal agents, acting on bad information in their database. As is typical in these cases, Montejano was supposed to be released quickly, but immigration agents told police to hold him in a local jail for possible deportation.

Wait, they can do that?

Read more HERE

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