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Ischool nunberg at ISCHOOL.BERKELEY.EDU
Thu Jul 30 04:37:07 UTC 2009

 From a July 27 story in the San Francisco Chronicle about the
detention and deportation of American citizens by the ICE:
Houston chef Leonard Robert Parrish, 52, wasn't locked up by ICE or
deported, but he did run afoul of a law intended for illegal immigrants.

The Brooklyn-born Parrish went down to the Harris County sheriff's
office in September to clear up a problem over a couple of bounced
checks. He wound up in jail on immigration charges. He was strip-
searched and spent 12 hours in custody.

"The deputy told me I had a foreign accent," Parrish recalled. "I told
him I had an East Coast accent. He said, 'It sounds like a foreign
accent to me.' "

A 2008 Texas law required a person's citizenship status be linked to
his driver's license. A sheriff's deputy told Parrish he was detained
because when they ran his driver's license information through their
computer, it said that his citizenship status was "unknown."

"I served on a murder jury in Texas and they can't find out I'm a
citizen?" asked Parrish. "I'm still fighting. ... Nobody wants to take
responsibility for locking me up for no reason."


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