Friday, May 28, 2010

Worse Than AZ

Mix together a little Kafka, a bit of Orwell and an inept U.S. immigration policy and enforcement and this is what you get.

From NBC Chicago...
A Chicago man said his nightmare began last week when he was arrested in connection with a stolen car case (in which he maintains his innocence). Instead of being released [on bail], Eduardo Caraballo was told by authorities that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was detaining him because he was an illegal immigrant.

"That's crazy. Because I was born in Puerto Rico" he said Monday. Caraballo said he repeatedly told officers that he was born in Puerto Rico and therefore an American citizen. His mother also presented his birth certificate, but despite that and his state-issued ID, officials told him he was facing deportation.

Almost three days later, and after his mother contacted Rep. Luis Gutierrez's office, immigration officials released Caraballo at about 2 p.m. Monday.

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