Proving a Negative.

One family’s fight to prove dad isn’t a bad guy.

My daughter gave her daddy a gun for his birthday. As a law-abiding citizen he went to transfer ownership. Ten days later a letter arrived from the Department of Justice — transfer denied, stated my husband is a felon and he can’t have fire arms. Shock: He knew he was not a felon, had bought and registered guns for years, and now that department states that he is a felon since 1972 and can’t have any guns.

My husband called the Department of Justice. No, they could not tell him what his crime was or anything about it. They could only talk to him about it if he brought up what the crime was first. As he did not know what his crime was, he could not tell them and they refused to give him any information. Their answer was he would have to go to the police department and pay to have a Live Scan or copy of his record done. He did that. Three week later, still no answers.

He did eventually get it all settled out… but serves as a warning on how a government acusation can be almost impossible to prove.

Luis Alberto Delgado told ICE he was a natural born citizen, he even provided his Drivers license and birth certificate, but his English wasn’t so good. So they deported him to Mexico.  The local authorities in Arizona haven’t foaled up this bad. Maybe they are suing because they are afraid comparisons make them look bad.

U.S. Border Patrol agents detained Delgado after a traffic stop in South Texas on June 17 and held him for eight hours, questioning him about his citizenship.

Delgado said he gave immigration agents a copy of his birth certificate showing he was born at Houston’s Ben Taub Hospital, a state of Texas identification card and a Social Security card.

But Delgado, who was raised in Mexico after his parents divorced, said immigration agents were suspicious of him because he did not speak English well, and insisted the paperwork he carried belonged to someone else.

Delgado said he eventually signed paperwork that resulted in his removal to Mexico because he wanted to be released from immigration custody, and thought he could fight his case from Houston.

“I believe (the agents) discriminated against me because I didn’t speak English,” he said. “If you don’t speak very well, I think they just assume you’re Mexican.”

I think it is worth noting that Delgado doesn’t fit the definition of an “anchor baby”,reminds me of Cheech Marin’s “Born in East LA“, except its not near as funny.

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