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Marine accused of violating US immigration law

Serving in the military is an honorable act. Unfortunately, many of the men and women who serve often suffer from serious mental and physical scars due to their experiences. These problems may lead individuals to have difficulty navigating certain situations, and in some cases, they could even end up being accused of violating U.S. immigration law.

California readers may be interested in a U.S. citizen who was recently detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The man served in the Marines and spent time on tours of duty overseas. His family stated that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and sometimes would disappear without remembering where he had gone. During one such incident, the man had reportedly set a small fire and pulled the fire alarm at a hospital. As a result, he was taken into police custody.

A judge ordered the man to be released on his own recognizance, but instead of being released, he was taken into ICE custody. The man was born and raised in the United States, but nonetheless, he was detained. ICE officials claimed that the man said he was living illegally in the country. After three days in detention, he was released. Immigration advocates fear that situations like this occur when local police enforcement work with ICE because racial profiling becomes a greater issue.

Though this man was released from custody, he is not the first, and will likely not be the last, citizen to have been detained by ICE. If California residents end up in this type of situation, whether a citizen or not, it may help to have immigration attorneys on their sides. Navigating immigration detention can be difficult and securing release can be even more trying. Legal professionals can often provide help that many individuals desperately need with U.S. immigration law.

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