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Immigration officials wrongfully deported mentally disabled man

Many North Carolina residents may be aware that the immigration laws in the United States are not always straight forward and even immigration officials make mistakes, but some mistakes are more serious than others. One such mistake may have been what caused a mentally disabled United States citizen to be deported in 2008.

The federal government deported a mentally disabled man of Puerto Rican descent to Mexico three years ago. He spent four months there until his family managed to bring him back home.

It appears that the man did not understand the paperwork the government had him sign which allowed for his deportation.

The American Civil Liberties Union has initiated a lawsuit on his behalf, but the federal government is fighting back and attempted to have the suit dismissed. A magistrate judge, however, disagreed with the government and recently recommended the suit move forward. The judge's recommendation is not binding and the case will now go before a district court judge who will make the final ruling. The government was given 10 days to respond to the recommendation before the district court judge makes a decision.

Going through the immigration process can sometimes be difficult and frustrating. North Carolina residents involved in deportation issues, or those trying to obtain U.S. citizenship, may want to consult with an experienced immigration attorney. The attorney may be able to help navigate through the sometimes confusing legal system and obtain all the necessary documentation. In addition, they can assist when obstacles arise and ensure a successful result.

Source: WCNC, "NC judge recommends deportation lawsuit proceed," Nov. 14, 2011

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