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Immigrant jailed in North Carolina files lawsuit against officers

A man who worked in North Carolina has filed a complaint in a federal court regarding what he says was a false imprisonment. The immigrant submitted an 18-page complaint earlier in July 2015. The claim alleges that three immigration officers and the U.S. government have committed malicious prosecution against him.

In Sept. 2012, the worker was accused of illegally returning to the United States after a deportation in 1998. He was detained at the time of this allegation, and his attorney claims that this detainment was illegal. The man reportedly entered the United States as an 8-year-old child in 1982. He has apparently lawfully remained in the country for more than 30 years.

The Jamaican-descended immigrant is said to have obtained valid citizenship in the United States in Jan. 1990 upon his father's naturalization. The man was later convicted of robbery and served a prison term, after which he was deported. His attorney stated that the client might not have understood that he was a U.S. citizen when the deportation was conducted.

The man eventually returned to the United States and was living under another identity in order to secure paid employment in North Carolina. After an arrest in 2012, he was handed over to immigration authorities and placed in a Palmico County prison until Sept. 2014 when charges were dismissed. The immigrant now contends that the agents who detained him should have known that he was a valid U.S. citizen. Someone facing a similar situation might choose to consult a legal professional in order to determine how best to proceed under the circumstances.

Source:, "Man sues immigration officers, says he was illegally imprisoned", Anne Blythe, July 20, 2015

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