Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Satire's based in reality, you know

Anyone remember an 80's Cheech movie, Born in East L.A.?

The movie is about a Chicano who authorities deport to Tijuana even though he was born in East Los Angeles and thus has American citizenship.

The film was based on a novelty parody song (1985) of Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.", written by Marin and released on the 1985 Cheech and Chong album Get Out of My Room"...


Yes well anyway. I remember the flick. It was about what you'd expect. I probably laughed.

Not so funny when it happens for reals:

U.S. Citizen Illegally Deported From Jail Is Missing in Mexico
ACLU and Law Firm Seek Federal Help to Find Developmentally Disabled Man

Monday, June 11, 2007 printer iconprinter version

LOS ANGELES — Federal immigration officers and the L.A. County Sheriff's Department illegally deported a U.S. citizen last month, the ACLU/SC has learned. He is missing in Mexico, and today the ACLU/SC and the law firm of Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking his safe return.

Pedro Guzman, 29, was born in Los Angeles and raised in Lancaster, California. He was serving time at Men’s Central Jail for trespassing, a misdemeanor offense, when he was deported to Tijuana May 10 or 11. Mr. Guzman is developmentally disabled, does not read or write English well, and knows no one in Tijuana. He declared at his booking that he was born in California.

He spoke to his sister-in-law by telephone from a shelter in Tijuana within a day of his deportation, but the call was interrupted. Family members traveled to the city in an attempt to find him and have remained there, searching shelters, jails, churches, hospitals, and morgues.

There are no circumstances under which government officials may deport a U.S. citizen. Federal officials have refused requests by family members and a private lawyer to assist in the search for Mr. Guzman.

"This is a recurring nightmare for every person of color of immigrant roots," said ACLU/SC legal director Mark Rosenbaum. "Local jail officials and federal immigration officers deported the undeportable, a United States citizen, based on appearance, prejudice, and reckless failure to apply fair legal procedures."

"What has happened to Pedro Guzman is a tragedy," said Stacy Tolchin of Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale. "His life may be in danger, and the government must act immediately to locate him and return him to the United States."

Jail and Department of Homeland Security officials failed to identify Mr. Guzman’s disability and improperly obtained his signature for deportation from the United States. "The procedures for determination of legal status implemented by Los Angeles County deputy sheriffs … fail even minimal criteria for constitutional due process," the lawsuit states.

Sheriff's deputies trained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conduct immigration checks at L.A. County jails. The ACLU and immigrant-rights groups warned that involving local law enforcement in immigration policing would lead to mistaken deportations and violate the due-process rights of inmates.

Anyone with information about Mr. Guzman can call the ACLU/SC at (213) 977-9500.


h/t And We Shall March

You know what I also love about this? About how the current atmosphere in which this sort of thing is more possible than ever, is brought to you courtesy of many of the same people who tend to rail against too much government intervention.

And of course, there's -nothing racist- about any of this, ever. All perfectly fair and reasonable. Gotta defend the boundaries, don't you know. Good fences make good neighbors, and alla that. Perfectly sane and reasonable.

And hey, even if it's not, it's not like it's your ass ever gonna be carted away in the dead of night, never to be heard from again; no need to speak up.

Right?

5 comments:

Chuckie K said...

You know, in Laredo, right on the border, where most of the folks are Mexican citizens of the U.S., phtocopy their birth certificate, lamninate it, and wear it around their necks. And it was over ten years ago when that gem of a cultural practice was explained to me. I suppose these days they carry a dossier.

KH said...

"This is a recurring nightmare for every person of color of immigrant roots," said ACLU/SC legal director Mark Rosenbaum.

Not even just people of immigrant roots. For all we know, Guzmán's ancestors have lived on territory now part of the US since before there was a US. My partner's have.

midwesterntransport said...

i have a few friends who don't want to live anywhere near the u.s. southern border for fear of exactly this sort of thing happening to them.

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