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A US citizen has been jailed for his Latin American name and skin color



A US citizen born in Honduras states in a federal lawsuit that he was illegally detained for days in a Louisiana prison because a sheriff falsely suspected he was illegally residing in the country.

Lawyers for the New Orleans-based American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed a lawsuit in Baton Rouge on behalf of Ramon Torres on Wednesday. It is reported that Torres was arrested on August 31, 2018, on suspicion of driving in Ascension Parish, after refusing a breath test. Ramon Torre's Ascension Parish Sheriff Torres office was released at its discretion on the following day, September 1

, on charges of DWI. But the Ascension authorities did not release him. When an employee of Torres called to ask for his status, he was told that Torres was being held for illegally staying in the US, according to the lawsuit. That afternoon, the employee sent an e-mail with copies of Torres Naturalization Certificate, Social Security Card, and US passport to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office. When he asked a sheriff's clerk why he had been detained for so long, he was told that the office will contact US immigration officers because Latino detainees "hold back" their release.


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