An illegal immigrant who was part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is now suing U.S. border protection and immigration agencies after being deported in February.
Twenty-three-year-old Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez is the first DACA recipient to be deported from the United States.
According to Montes’ attorneys, he was not given a legal explanation for being deported to Mexico. He said he was riding his bike in Calexico, California, when a Border Patrol agent approached him and asked for identification.
Montes’ lawyers said he had left his papers in a friend’s car, which prompted the agent to take him to a local station. His attorney said he was asked to sign several papers of which he did not receive copies and was then deported to Mexicali, Mexico.
“I was forced out because I was nervous and didn’t know what to do or say, but my home is there,” Montes said in a statement released Tuesday evening.
According to the Washington Examiner, multiple lawyers for the DACA recipient — the National Immigration Law Center, Covington and Burling LLP, the Law Offices of Stacy Tolchin, and the Law Offices of Belinda Escobosa Helzer — filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on March 15 with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“Juan Manuel was funneled across the border without so much as a piece of paper to explain why or how,” said Nora A. Preciado, a staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center. “The government shouldn’t treat anyone this way — much less someone who has DACA. No one should have to file a lawsuit to find out what happened to them.”
FOIA policy requires agencies to respond within 20 business days, which U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not do. According to reports, that is what proved the legal action.
Montes illegally immigrated to the U.S. when he was nine years old and has been protected twice under the DACA program.
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