“I was telling everybody… ‘I’m a U.S. citizen. Please help me out here.'”
Cesar Robleto spent time in immigration jail and claims he was illegally deported to Nicaragua, a place he left at the age of 2. It took 7 years, but he’s back in the U.S. Was it a terrible mistake — or something more sinister?
Stephanie Stanton reports.
Posted by Fox 11 Los Angeles on Monday, February 22, 2016
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“I have no recognition of that place. I left when I was 2 years old.”
Cesar Robleto was in for the fight of his life after he was deported to Nicaragua, the country he hasn’t stepped foot in since he was a child.
In 2006, Robleto was arrested and spent three years in jail for a domestic violence incident. Instead of being released in 2009 at the end of his sentence, authorities told Robleto that he was going to be deported even though he was a U.S. citizen. Despite showing his papers as proof, Robleto went straight from the jail to an ICE detention center, where he spent 18 long months before being sent to Nicaragua.
Freelance journalist Mytchell Moran heard about Robleto’s case and pressured Nicaraguan immigration officials to reevaluate the case. SEVEN years after he should have been a free man, Robleto returned to the U.S. In an interview with Los Angeles’ Fox 11, Robleto says he demands to know why he was deported even though he is U.S. citizen.