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Note to Mike Corona on Immigration Checks…

Here’s a reason why they may not be such a “Good Thing.”

US Citizen Deported to Mexico, oops!

Pedro GuzmanFrom By Sam Quinones, LATimes Staff Writer
June 12, 2007

The family of an American citizen who disappeared after apparently being mistakenly deported to Tijuana a month ago has filed suit asking the U.S. government to help find him.

Pedro Guzman, 29, a Lancaster construction worker, is developmentally disabled and penniless, and he hasn’t been heard from since May 11, said his family at a news conference in Los Angeles on Monday.

His mother, Maria Carbajal, said she spent the last month in Tijuana living out of her car while searching in vain for her son. She said neither the U.S. nor the Mexican government has helped in her search for him.

“I’ve done a lot,” she said, “and I haven’t found him.”

In a statement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they deport a person only “when all available credible evidence suggests the person is an alien. That process was followed here and ICE has no reason to believe that it improperly removed Pedro Guzman.”

Read the rest of the LATimes story HERE.

I can almost hear Steven Greenhut and Chuck DeVore already…

So what, we got one wrong, where’s the harm?  It’s not like we did it on purpose.

Does anyone really believe that this would have happened to a 29 year old, white male?  I don’t.


  1. Dave Harvey Dave Harvey June 13, 2007

    Excuse me, but has anybody ever heard of another ethnicity being deported because of their illegal resident status.

    Why is it when the term illegal alien is used – it’s only in the context of a Mexican.

    Have you looked around in Irvine lately, and asked yourself, how could all of the Asians and Indians and Pakistanis be here legally.

    How did they do it.

    How did they get here.

    Do they all have their papers.

    Are they here legally.

    Are we checking the status of these other folks, to see that they are also
    held to the letter of our laws.

    Somebody please let me know, because I’m confused.

    I’ve never heard of an Asian person being referred to as an Illegal Alien, but I can Guarantee you that some of them are here Illegally – just like some Mexicans are.

    I’m an Indian – a Native American descendant though – so I know I’m legal – because we were here fist.

    My name is Dave Harvey and my Ant-spam word is peace!

  2. Travis Travis June 13, 2007

    In other words, if we can’t enforce a law without making an occasional mistake, then we shouldn’t enforce that law at all.

    Does this principle apply to all laws, or just illegal immigration?

  3. Chris Prevatt Chris Prevatt Post author | June 13, 2007

    My point is not that we shouldn’t enforce laws because of the occasional mistakes. My point is that before we deport someone, we should make damn sure we’re right. Especially when the only reason we ask the question is because of the person’s percieved ethnicity.

    This action would not have been taken against a white man. Heck, a white man would not have even been screened.

    I do have a question though, if this guy happens to be injured or die as a result of this “mistake,” would that simply be an unfortunate consequence of enforcing the “law?”

  4. The Mechanical Eye The Mechanical Eye June 13, 2007


    Realize that Latinos have realistic fears of indiscriminate round-ups — one theory on the origin of the word “paddy wagon” comes from the idea of Irishmen being rounded up by the dozen onto horse-drawn police carriages. The idea of dark-skinned Americans being questioned over citizenship is deeply offensive and anti-American.

    This may be a mistake, buts it’s a helluva mistake — one that might have cost an innocent victim’s life. One you wouldn’t like happening to you.


  5. Dave Harvey Dave Harvey June 14, 2007

    Do you live in Irvine California and are you OTM

    Your Papers Please….

    OTM = Other than Mexicans

    Proportion of illegals from countries other than Mexico

    Of course, not all illegal aliens come from Mexico. In 1997, the illegal alien population was 54 percent Mexican.24 The illegal alien population is currently 70 percent Mexican, with 30 percent coming from other countries.24 Latin America, including Mexico, is the source of 90 percent of illegal aliens entering into the United States.26 A 2004 Fox News article stated that “it is not just Mexicans who are flooding into our border states anymore. Along with the Nicaraguans, Brazilians, Venezuelans, Ecuadorians, and Chileans, agents of the Border Patrol now encounter **Chinese, Pakistanis, and Indians**. Nationals of countries other than Mexico are known, in Border Patrol parlance, as ‘OTMs'” – Other Than Mexicans.10,37

    Time Magazine reports that “from October 1 of last year [2003] until August 25, the Border Patrol estimates that it apprehended 55,890 OTMs”.22 In November, 2006, the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security reported that based on U.S. Border Patrol statistics there were 30,147 OTMs apprehended in FY2003, 44,614 in FY2004, 165,178 in FY2005, and 108,025 in FY2006. Most of them were apprehended along the U.S. Southwest border.37 These numbers represent a distinct undercount since the Border Patrol routinely sanitizes and underreports numbers of illegals.7, 18 It is therefore reasonable to assume that **Other Than Mexicans account for at least several hundred thousand illegal entries annually.

    My name is Dave Harvey [OTM] and my Anti-spam word was gore.

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