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Sat Aug 24, 2019, 11:59 AM

A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx

https://www.aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-criminal-justice/louisiana-parish-jailed-us-citizen-being-latinx-were



Ramon Torres had been a U.S. citizen for nearly ten years when he was detained for four days on an immigration hold – despite having a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver’s license, and a Social Security card, and despite that fact that a court ordered his release.

Torres’ ordeal began in August 2018, when he was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Torres, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2009, was carrying multiple forms of identification, including his driver’s license and other security credentials. Torres was booked at the Ascension Parish Jail, and the next day the Parish Court ordered his release.

But Torres wasn’t released. Instead, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office placed an “immigration hold” on Torres on the suspicion that he was unlawfully present in the United States.

The basis for this suspicion? He had a Latinx name and brown skin. Staff at the sheriff’s office explained that they had a policy of detaining all Latinx people for immigration review.

When his friends and family tried to intervene and provide additional documentation proving that Torres is a U.S. citizen, officials in the sheriff’s office still didn’t budge.

Torres spent four days in jail before a lawyer’s involvement finally secured his release.


Bet they don't detain immigrants with names like "Melania Knavs" or "Donald Drumpf". My whole life people have told me it doesn't matter that I was born here, Americans are white.

Many Black Americans would be familiar with this scenario with police. Detaining US citizens by race is kind of like detaining US citizens for being Jewish or LGBT or whatever. When they come for you, there will be no one left to say "It can't happen here" and "Godwin's Law".

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Reply A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx (Original post)
IronLionZion Aug 2019 OP
Demovictory9 Aug 2019 #1
Cracklin Charlie Aug 2019 #2
IronLionZion Aug 2019 #3
Cracklin Charlie Aug 2019 #4
panader0 Aug 2019 #17
IronLionZion Aug 2019 #18
Bernardo de La Paz Aug 2019 #5
uponit7771 Aug 2019 #11
TeamPooka Aug 2019 #6
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2019 #14
TeamPooka Aug 2019 #15
struggle4progress Aug 2019 #7
uponit7771 Aug 2019 #12
Bernardo de La Paz Aug 2019 #13
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2019 #19
dlk Aug 2019 #8
Mr. Evil Aug 2019 #9
Volaris Aug 2019 #10
Coventina Aug 2019 #16

Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 12:01 PM

1. kick

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 12:08 PM

2. I know three American families with that last name.

All of them born in this country for generations, that I know of.

Where would this policy end? With all of us detained, I guess.

p.s. May I ask a question? Could you explain the Latinx designation? Is it just a way to include everyone? Why the ‘x’?

Sorry, that was a bunch of questions. I just don’t like to use these designations incorrectly. Thanks.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 12:11 PM

3. Latinx means Latino or Latina, it's gender neutral to cover everyone

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 12:14 PM

4. Thanks so much.

I thought that was it.

Peace.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 25, 2019, 04:09 PM

17. That's weird. All Spanish words have a gender:

I'll bet this Latinx thing was thought up by Gringos.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #17)

Sun Aug 25, 2019, 04:19 PM

18. It's only used in the US. Started by people who don't want to specify gender

And feminist Latinas who didn't feel included in the word Latinos.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latinx

Latin-American would have worked just fine in this case also.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 12:49 PM

5. Lawless Sheriff needs to be fired or recalled and should be charged with abuse of power AND


... and Contempt of Court.

... every time he puts a non-white on "immigration hold".

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 05:07 PM

11. ...then sued

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 01:11 PM

6. Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is filled with racists and corruption.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 25, 2019, 02:38 PM

14. Problem is, that is not the only southern jail ICE can depend on.


Lots of southern sheriffs are happy to do the same thing.

ain't right, but it is a fact of life.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #14)

Sun Aug 25, 2019, 03:51 PM

15. yes it is

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 01:40 PM

7. Lawsuit: Ascension sheriff's deputies improperly held US citizen

BY DAVID J. MITCHELL
STAFF WRITER
AUG 21, 2019 - 2:29 PM

... The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that Ramon Torres was the victim of a sheriff's department policy that targets Hispanics. The group claims deputies held Torres without cause, in violation of his rights under the U.S. Constitution ...

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_0cafc458-c44a-11e9-a4cb-73896ea28831.html

"Sue the shizzwits!" is a fun-filled idea we all can get behind!

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 05:08 PM

12. NICE !!!

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 05:49 PM

13. +1 for bringing us the next chapter of the story. . . . nt

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 25, 2019, 05:35 PM

19. The ACLU has been a vital help for the Lantinx population


these past few years. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 01:46 PM

8. Wrongful Imprisonment-There's Likely an Attorney Who Would Be Interested

Perhaps having to pay hefty settlements for wrongful imprisonment would slow them down a bit.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 01:47 PM

9. This is in a town by the name of (of all things) Gonzales. Go figure.

I lived in Baton Rouge for many years and Gonzales is about 15 miles SE of Baton Rouge. I spent a lot of time doing work there and in surrounding communities. It really is a different kind of place. You have to know everybody's business or you're not worth talking to. It's sort of like a Cajun Peyton Place.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 01:54 PM

10. AGAINST the order of a judge who damn well knew better smdh.

Somebody needs to sue the everlasting shit out of that department.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sun Aug 25, 2019, 03:54 PM

16. Sounds like that sheriff's office needs to be sued, bigly.

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