Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ooops. Sorry for that little deportation snafu

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 2:02 PM

What's worse? Being deported and bounced around Latin American countries for months or almost being deported again when you're only a few hours from home?

File this under dumb-ass legislation, which is, of course, fully backed our own Sue Myrick — because no one hates immigrants like her.

Mark Lyttle expected to return home after serving a few months in prison for inappropriately touching a woman's backside.

Instead, he says, the U.S. government deported him to Mexico, Mexican officials deported him to Honduras, and Honduras deported him to Guatemala - even though he is a North Carolina-born U.S. citizen who speaks no Spanish.

U.S. immigration officials confirmed this week that they wrongly deported Lyttle, 31, who his family says is mentally ill and suffers from mild retardation, in December after finding him in a North Carolina prison. He and his lawyer say he spent four months bouncing among Latin American prisons and homeless shelters before ending up this month at a U.S. embassy in Guatemala, where officials confirmed his citizenship.

Lyttle returned to his family on Friday, but only after immigration officials at the Atlanta airport tried to deport him again.

Read the rest of this Raleigh News and Observer article here.

The Pinky Show explains how to solve the immigration issue:

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