Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal: ICE Deports Non-Spanish Speaking American Citizen to Mexico
The ACLU of Georgia and North Carolina have teamed up to file a lawsuit on behalf of Mark Lyttle, a United States citizen who was wrongly deported from the United States. Mr. Lyttle was born and raised in Rowan County, North Carolina, and suffers from mental disabilities.
Despite the fact that there was ample evidence of Mr. Lyttle's United States citizenship, he was taken into custody, and held for six weeks before being deported to Mexico by U.S. immigration officials.
It has been alleged that Mr. Lyttle was not provided with legal representation either during his interrogation, or during his deportation hearing despite the fact that he is most likely mentally incompetent.
Over a four month period after his deportation, Mr. Lyttle survived by living on the streets, shelters and prisons of Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. He survived imprisonment and abuse by prison guards.
He eventually made his way to the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. Embassy officials contacted his brother on a military base where he is serving. Mr. Lyttle was issued a United States passport, and money was wired to him to enable him to fly back to the United States.
After arriving in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Lyttle was again taken into custody and held for hours by immigration officials as a result of his adverse immigration history. You would think that a United States passport would be sufficient.
The ACLU complaint was filed on October, 13, 2010, and alleges violations of the Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, false imprisonment, negligence, and intentional infliction of emtional distress.