Think about this: A U.S. court of appeals ruled to deny a U.S. citizen compensation for false imprisonment by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because it is too common of an occurrence to warrant compensation and the man was imprisoned by ICE for so long that the statute of limitations on false imprisonment claims ran out while he being held in prison by Immigrations because they matched his citizenship records to the wrong man. As Trump’s ICE rounds people up without discretion, this will only get worse. Could you prove your citizenship with a simple phone call and no attorney? ICE detainees have no rights to a lawyer.
Davino Watson is a New Yorker, a U.S. citizen. But ICE didn’t believe him, held him for 3 years, then released him with no explanation in rural Alabama. A judge awarded him $82,500, citing “regrettable failures of the government.” Now an appeals court says he can’t have the money — because the statute of limitations ran out while he was in custody.