Immigration Law

Born in Philadelphia, U.S. Citizen Held For Deportation to Jamaica by ICE - Lawsuit

Isaac Stanley-Becker, Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2018 - "When Peter Sean Brown turned himself in to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in April, he expected to be back to work in no time at Fogarty’s, a laid-back restaurant in Key West, Fla., where diners flock for the Cajun chicken. He had been accused of a probation violation after testing positive for marijuana.

But instead of returning home with a court date, or passing a few days in custody, Brown would spend weeks behind bars, battling his way through a labyrinthine immigration nightmare made all the more baffling by his citizenship. He’s a native-born American.

... These facts appeared not to sway law enforcement officials, who told him that ICE was preparing to deport him to Jamaica — “a country where he has never lived and knows no one,” according to a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU, along with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Los Angeles-based law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. The suit accuses Richard A. Ramsay, Monroe County’s sheriff, of unlawfully arresting and detaining a U.S. citizen in violation of the Fourth Amendment and the right to be free from false imprisonment, as Florida law guarantees."