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Man slated for immigrant deportation claims U.S. citizenship

In 2007, an incident occurred in a state outside North Carolina that resulted in a man being mistakenly deported to Mexico. The man was accused of violating immigration laws and was taken into custody. The immigrant said that he kept telling the officers that he was a citizen of the United States.

Despite his claim that he was a U.S. citizen, the man had to undergo deportation proceedings and, as a result, was deported to Mexico. According to information provided in a States Without Nations report, the man was permitted to re-enter the United States several years later. By law, it is illegal to deport a U.S. citizen. A recent update given on the man's current status stated that the federal government was slated to pay him $350,000 in damages because of the wrongful deportation.

Witnesses claim that, at the time, supervisors at the detainment center refused to investigate the man's repeated assertions that he was, indeed, a U.S. citizen. Some current reports suggest that thousands of people suffer similarly from wrongful deportations every year. A study set forth by the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law stated that more than 4,000 U.S. citizens suffered wrongful detainment or deportation as aliens in 2010.

Any immigrant or U.S. citizen in North Carolina who believes that he or she has been wrongfully detained or scheduled for deportation may contact an immigration and naturalization law attorney for guidance in the matter. Legal issues involving immigration detention and deportation can be very complex and complicated. It may help to alleviate stress in the situation by seeking the advice and support of an experienced legal professional in the area.

Source: thinkprogress.org, "What One Man Did When He Was Accidentally Deported To Mexico", Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, June 4, 2015

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