U.S. Citizens caught up in immigration sweeps
The Los Angeles Times reported on April 9 that recent immigration sweeps have entangled some U.S. citizens.
Rennison Vern Castillo was arrested and jailed for harassing his girlfriend, and almost done with his prison sentence, when immigration authorities blocked his release.
They claimed that he was in the country illegally, even though Castillo became a citizen seven years ago.
After three months of further detention in a federal facility, an federal immigration panel blocked his deportation and an immigration judge released him from prison.
The unknown status of factory workers by immigration officials has lead to detention of some citizens during questioning of about their status.
Officials at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have downplayed the detention of citizens.
"ICE does not detain United States citizens," said spokesman Richard Rocha, adding that agents thoroughly investigated people's claims of citizenship. "ICE only processes an individual for removal when all available facts indicate that the person is an alien."