Thursday, June 21st, 2018

U.S. citizen stuck in Mexico after allegedly being coerced to deny citizenship

"Brenda Vázquez was born in Texas. On her way back from Mexico,
though, she told border patrol agents she was in fact born in Mexico.
Now she is not allowed to return to the U.S.  Her attorney, however,
says the young woman only said what she said after hours of
interrogation, and now he is requesting a judge to allow her to return.   “If Customs and Border Protection (CBP) believes a person has false
documents, then they should criminally prosecute and allow a person
access to a defense attorney, not keep them in a room for seven hours,”
says Jaime Diez, Vázquez attorney. “My client was crying, exhausted, she
felt there was nothing she could do except sign and say she was born in
Mexico and not the U.S.”  Diez says he understands the government’s rigorous checks have to do
with the region’s history.  In the 90s, the government found some
midwives, or “parteras” who had delivered