U.S. citizens sue after a month of immigration detention

Los Angeles (AP) —A American man filed a lawsuit on Monday alleging that he was held in an immigration camp for more than a month, despite being a US citizen.

Brian Buckle, 61 years old Was sued In federal court, he claimed that he should have been released after being sentenced to imprisonment in California, but was unfairly detained in an immigration detention center.

Born in the British Virgin Islands, Bukle came under the control of U.S. immigration authorities in June 2020 after being sentenced to assault and possession of firearms, according to one of the organizations, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. It was moved. On behalf of him.

According to the proceedings, he repeatedly told authorities that he was an American, but was rejected by the Immigration Bureau. Buckle, who acquired citizenship at the age of nine and was naturalized by his parents, was sent to the Mesa Verde detention center in Central California for more than a month until a lawyer confirmed the status of citizenship with the Immigration Bureau and released him. rice field.

“I thought I would go home to see my son on Father’s Day after making the decision,” Buckle, Corona, California, said in a statement. “Instead, I’m so close to being deported and losing everything. This is the nightmare I’ve been with me to this day.”

The Immigration and Customs Department refused to discuss the proceedings in dispute.

The proceedings seek unspecified damages. Bukle said he remained uneasy and depressed and had nightmares about being deported.

The proceedings also raise questions about the reliability of the database used by US authorities to determine if someone can be deported. According to the proceedings, the database is particularly unreliable for those who acquired citizenship through their parents at an early age.