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Naturalized citizen target of constant deportation attempts

Naturalization is such a big deal for immigrants who reside in the United States, and with good reason. It is a major accomplishment -- and the final one -- on their path to U.S. citizenship. There are many steps along the way, and each requires the aid of a skilled attorney to help the immigrant swap that title out for "citizen."

However, it is important for people who go through the naturalization process to remember that earning this citizenship does not shield them from immigration troubles down the road. If they commit serious criminal acts, they could be subject to deportation. Even as a naturalized citizen, a person can be subject to discrimination and illegal persecution by immigration officials. These stories are, sadly, all too common, and a new one is just making the headlines.

A 39-year-old man from El Salvador -- who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1987 when he was 14 -- has been arrested numerous times for unnamed crimes and detained for extreme periods against his will. He is currently detained; and despite his previous arrests leading to courts rejecting his deportation, he has still been subject to harassing arrests and deportation proceedings. He spent more than two years in jail, from April 2005 to August 2007, because of the terrible treatment he has received.

He is suing the U.S. government for "constitutional violations, false arrest and intentional inflection of emotional distress" -- and considering he has been incarcerated (seemingly improperly) for a total of 1,053 days since 2003, his lawsuit is more than understandable.

Source: Courthouse News Service, "U.S. Keeps Trying to Deport a Citizen," Megan Gallegos, June 10, 2013