Another U.S. citizen arrested, jailed, almost deported by ICE

Another U.S. citizen arrested, jailed, almost deported by ICE

"Emilio René Pincheira Dennett was still asleep at about 6 a.m. one morning in September when agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, armed with guns and rifles, knocked on the door of the Santa Fe house he shares with his parents.  Even though the 33-year-old Pincheira is a naturalized American citizen, he was taken into custody and incarcerated for 13 days, nine of them in an immigration facility in Southern New Mexico. There he was held in a large, open room with 54 other prisoners.  In this case, however, the federal agents nabbed a citizen, not a criminal alien. Pincheira and his parents, immigrants from Chile, have been naturalized U.S. citizens since 1994. But when the officers came to his home, Pincheira could not produce a copy of his citizenship certificate, even though he says, 'I wasn't illegal at any point in my life.'  " Sandra Baltazar MartÍnez, Santa Fe New Mexican, Nov. 20, 2011.  [I hope he sues and extracts a hefty settlement from ICE.]