August 8, 2007
Welcome home, Pedro
For 89 days, Pedro Guzman lived on the streets, ate out of trash cans and bathed in rivers near the Mexico border before United States Immigration officials arrested him.
Trouble is: Pedro Guzman is a mentally disabled American citizen, who was illegally deported in May by US Immigration officials after he was arrested for trespassing.
Huh? They do that?
In California they do.
Anyway, the State Department, US Immigration officials and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (who turned him over for deportation) have repeatedly refused to accept any accountability for their inhumane and illegal actions. Lest we forget, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department was very busy incarcerating/releasing/incarcerating Paris Hilton during this time.
Mr. Guzman's family have been desperately searching for him since he was ejected from America. His mother appealed to officials for help - and found nothing but silence and indifference. She quit her job, traveled to Mexico and slept in her car, hoping to find her son who spent the past three months walking more than 100 miles seeking assistance from US border authorities who repeatedly turned him away.
In case you're wondering how Mr. Guzman finally made his way home: the US border patrol arrested him for not showing up at the probation hearing for his trespassing violation.
Clearly, the authorities couldn't grasp that when you illegally deport a person -- and refuse that person entry into the country -- it's rather difficult for that person to ever appear in court.
If there's one good thing about this story, it's that Mr. Guzman is finally home.
If there's another: he has some kick-ass lawyers working on his case.