U.S. Citizen Nearly Deported

So you think that Airzona’s “Papers, Please” immigration law is no big deal and won’t lead to natural born U.S. citizens of Hispanic descent being persecuted?

Along comes the story of a Chicago man, born in Puerto Rico (making him a citizen of the United States), who was arrested last weekend.  From the Huffington Post:

Despite presenting identifying documents and even his birth certificate, Caraballo was held by federal immigration authorities over the weekend and threatened with deportation, according to an NBC Chicago report. He was only released when his congressman, Luis Gutierrez — a vocal supporter of immigration reform — intervened on his behalf.

….Caraballo spent the weekend in the custody of federal immigration agents. When he presented them with ID and his birth certificate, he says officials were skeptical: “Because of the way I look, I have Mexican features, they pretty much assumed that my papers were fake.”

Any bets on how many U.S. citizens get deported from Arizona?  Particularly in congressional districts represented by a Republican?


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