Wednesday, August 08, 2007

US Citizen Wrongly Deported to Mexico Found

Back in June we wrote about the plight of Pedro Guzman, a developmentally disabled US citizen who was illegally deported on May 11 from a California jail, where he was serving time for trespassing, a misdemeanor offense. His frantic family has been searching for him for the past three months.

Thankfully, he was reunited with his family Tuesday.

According to the ACLU of Southern California, who represented Mr. Guzman's family:

"Little is known about Mr. Guzman's time in Mexico. He told his family today that he attempted to cross the border several times but was turned away. He said he walked from Tijuana to Mexicali, a distance of more than 100 miles, and ate out of trash cans as he looked for a way back into the U.S. His family says he was nearly unrecognizable, and that they are seeking immediate medical attention for him.

Border agents detained Mr. Guzman as he attempted to cross into the U.S. near Calexico early Sunday morning. County officials had issued a warrant for his failure to appear at probation hearings, despite attempts by the family and ACLU/SC to explain to probation officials that he had been wrongfully deported. The government had promised to immediately notify the family and their attorneys if it found Mr. Guzman. Instead, it took 36 hours for the family to be notified."

Sara in Philly



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