Friday, March 31, 2017

More ICE Abuse: Agents Jail U.S. Citizen

Rony Chavez Aguilar’s case isn’t that unusual. According to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Clearinghouse, from 2008 to 2012 ICE asked local jails to detain 834 U.S. citizens for possible deportation. The Daily Beast notes that with Trump trying to speed up deportations, “it’s likely more American citizens like Aguilar will be caught in the dragnet.”

American Citizen Trapped in ICE Jail
A man spent three weeks in ICE detention without seeing a judge. 

By Betsy Woodruff, Daily Beast
March 31, 2017
A U.S. citizen who ICE detained for weeks is suing the agency, alleging it violated his Constitutional rights.

The lawsuit holds that Rony Chavez Aguilar was held in ICE custody for nearly three weeks without being able to see a judge, and without knowing why he was being detained.

Those officers initially arrested Aguilar on drug charges, according to Roth. He pleaded guilty, and spent about two weeks in county jail for the offense. After the two weeks were up, he would have been free to go. But ICE thought he was undocumented, and wanted to deport him.

The officers kept him in the county jail so agents with ICE’s Chicago field office could take him into custody. According to the complaint, they picked him up on or around March 7 and moved him to the Boone County Jail in Burlington, Kentucky, where they contract out space to detain people facing deportation.

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