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Immigration Law

How CBP Coerces False 'Confessions' from American Citizens

"The State Department’s primary basis for revoking my client’s U.S. citizenship was a sworn statement taken by CBP officials on 09/24/1998.

As revealed by a State Department attorney in yesterday’s post, the State Department does not do anything to corroborate the veracity of sworn statements taken while detained in the custody of CBP or ICE.

Even if the sworn statement has multiple inconsistencies and is only sworn to after an extensive interrogation under detention, State Department policy dictates that the statement still must be considered as evidence in favor of revoking or denying an individual’s U.S. citizenship.  Moreover, the State Department’s policy does not offer the person under investigation any opportunity to confront the content of a sworn statement.

My client’s case is a perfect example of what can and does go wrong because of the U.S. government’s arrogant disrespect for the human rights of its own U.S. citizens.

A request under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that my client’s sworn statement contained numerous alleged facts that are directly contradicted by facts in the record, that she was detained without any reasonable suspicion, and that her “confession” was not obtained until after an interrogation (the length and conditions of the interrogation are not specificied by CBP.  However, in conversations with myself and in numerous sworn statements my client has stated that she was tied up in a room, interrogated for hours by multiple agents, and threatened with serious harm unless she admitted she was a person other than the one listed on the passport.)

The following are notes typed up by CBP officials immediately after she was coerced into giving a confession ... " - Bryan Johnson, July 19, 2013.