02/05/2013 01:51:35 PM EST
Why Does ICE Keep Trying To Deport This American Citizen?
"The last time Esteban Tiznado-Reyna got busted, he was sneaking back into his own country. That much seems clear. Whether he can be here legally is another matter. In between the two is a web of tribal ancestry, protean government policies and bureaucratic absurdity. But either way, Esteban Tiznado-Reyna sits in jail, a Native American waiting for a judge to decide whether he's an American citizen. And if he's deported to Mexico, he'll just come back again. To officials with U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, or ICE, Tiznado-Reyna is a common criminal. And several judges have ordered him back to Mexico time and again. But while he may not be an upstanding citizen, his advocates say he's a citizen nonetheless—a 38-year-old mentally challenged man whose legal status was decided in district court, so decisively, in fact, that never again can he be charged with illegally entering the United States. Indeed, they consider him symbolic of a twisted immigration system that targets bona fide Americans for deportation." - Tim Vanderpool, Jan. 3, 2013.