Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Why Does ICE Keep Trying To Deport This American Citizen?


"The last time Esteban Tiznado-Reyna got busted, he was sneaking back into his own country.  That much seems clear.  Whether he can be here legally is another matter.  In between the two is a web of tribal ancestry, protean government policies and bureaucratic absurdity.  But either way, Esteban Tiznado-Reyna sits in jail, a Native American waiting for a judge to decide whether he's an American citizen.  And if he's deported to Mexico, he'll just come back again.  To officials with U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, or ICE, Tiznado-Reyna is a common criminal.  And several judges have ordered him back to Mexico time and again.  But while he may not be an upstanding citizen, his advocates say he's a citizen nonetheless—a 38-year-old mentally challenged man whose legal status was decided in district court, so decisively, in fact, that never again can he be charged with illegally entering the United States.  Indeed