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December 31, 2007

Man born in USA endures arrest by immigration authorities

Immigration can apply to everyone in the U.S.;

By ELOÍSA RUANO GONZÁLEZ, YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC, Published on Friday, December 28, 2007;

It seemed like a bad dream when 72-year-old retiree Rafael "Ralph" Franco woke up to a loud pounding on his front door, opened it, and found four federal agents waiting to seize him.

The longtime Yakima resident was arrested about 6 a.m. on Nov. 28 at his South Second Street apartment. Immigration officers believed that Franco, a U.S. citizen, was an undocumented immigrant convicted of several alcohol- and weapon-related crimes.

The four federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized and handcuffed him, and drove him to a holding cell a few blocks away. The agents planned to start a deportation process against him, even after Franco says he showed them his state identification card and gave his Social Security number.

Franco remained calm while agents led him out of the apartment where he and his grandson live. At the ICE office, the Mexican-American man told them about his family in California while they took his fingerprints.

"I didn't think they were going to pick me up," said Franco, who was born in California. "I didn't do something wrong."...".

at http://www.yakima-herald.com/page/dis/290625525501520

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 31, 2007 07:24 AM

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