Anything Goes Award

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Nominated For The Anything Goes Award


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U.S. Citizen Who Was Held By ICE For 3 Years Denied Compensation By Appeals Court : The Two-Way : NPR

Nominee:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE)

Why this nomination? A failure of the U.S.Government to protect it's citizens and provide due process.
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Description: Davino Watson told the immigration officers that he was a U.S. citizen. He told jail officials that he was a U.S. citizen. He told a judge. He repeated it again and again.

There is no right to a court-appointed attorney in immigration court. Watson, who was 23 and didn't have a high school diploma when he entered ICE custody, didn't have a lawyer of his own. So he hand-wrote a letter to immigration officers, attaching his father's naturalization certificate, and kept repeating his status to anyone who would listen.

Still, Immigration and Customs Enforcement kept Watson imprisoned as a deportable alien for nearly 3 1/2 years. Then it released Watson, who was from New York, in rural Alabama with no money and no explanation. Deportation proceedings continued for another year.

Watson was correct all along: He was a U.S. citizen. After he was released, he filed a complaint. Last year, a district judge in New York awarded him $82,500 in damages, citing "regrettable f
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Publication/Media Source: NPR
Author: CAMILA DOMONOSKE
Photo and/or Video Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s website
Publication Date: August 1, 20175:03 PM ET
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Nominator: adminrw
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Submission Date Aug 23, 2017

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