October 13, 2010 --
Federal authorities deported a mentally ill North Carolina man even though he was an American citizen and had never set foot in Mexico before he was deported there, the ACLU alleged in a lawsuit filed today. Mark Lyttle, now living in Griffin, spent four months in jails and homeless shelters in Central America before he got back to the U.S. “I didn’t think what happened to my brother could ever happen in America,” said David Lyttle, one of his brothers. Read the ACLU news release and the lawsuit.
September 10, 2010 --
As the Obama administration tries to increase the number of criminals it deports, it’s lowering the risk of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants who’ve lived in the country for long periods without committing crimes. The new approach might also undermine a controversial program that allows several metro Atlanta sheriffs to detain and process illegal immigrants for deportation.
March 12, 2010 --
A federal detainee who died in Georgia last year of a treatable heart infection had suffered chest pains for the previous three days, contradicting officials’ prior account of the man’s death, an advocacy group said Thursday.