Detaining people who are undocumented is already murky ground. Its legality is debated with each new case. This time, though, there’s no denying the wrongdoing.
A Filipino woman, 33-years-0ld, moved to the U.S. as a child and was given U.S. citizenship.
However, in May of 2011, officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made an “error” and arrested her on suspicion that she was a noncitizen. They held her until December of 2011.
During that period, she was threatened with deportation repeatedly. She appealed for help over 20 times. She informed them that she was a U.S. citizen, and that she had documents to prove it, but officials simply shrugged off her claims and pushed her through convoluted methods for help all tied up in red tape.
Throughout the entire ordeal, she made several detainee request forms that showed she was willing to discuss the matter with officials and provide the proper papers.
About a week after releasing her in December, Immigration Services issued a certificate admitting that she was a U.S. citizen, and had been for 18 years.