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A US Marine And US Citizen Was Detained And Nearly Deported By ICE, Leaving Us All Wondering “Could I Be Next?”

Jilmar Ramos-Gomez is a US-born Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan. His latest run in with the police shows that no one is truly safe from Tump’s dangerous immigration policies.

In a report by Buzzfeed news, new details have emerged of his arrest last year. It’s truly shocking. When he was stopped by police in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jilmar had his US passport, a REAL ID driver’s license, a military ID card, and his US Marine Corps dog tags with him. He literally had all of his bases covered. Yet police still turned him over to ICE, which held him (a US citizen) for three days before his lawyer demanded his release.

Jilmar, a US citizen and war veteran, was detained for three days by ICE and nearly deported.

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Jilmar Ramos-Gomez was arrested by police in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Even though he had several documents proving his status as both a US citizen and a US Marine veteran, local police handed him over to ICE.

The local police had zero reason to believe that Jilmar was in the country without authorization. He provided the police with a US passport, a REAL ID, a US military ID card, and even his US Marine Corp dog tags. But that still wasn’t enough for local police or ICE for that matter.

Once in custody, ICE detained Jilmar for three days until his lawyer finally and successfully demanded his release.

The ACLU said that Jilmar’s possession of his passport, Real ID, and other items at the time of his arrest is detailed in a Grand Rapids police report.

The advocacy group has called for an investigation into how the Grand Rapids Police Department handled the arrest of Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, who was born in Grand Rapids, served in Afghanistan and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The ACLU is also demanding that ICE explain why it took the veteran into custody and did not review his identification documents during the three days he was being held.

Many pointed out that even though he had all those forms of ID – it really didn’t matter because Jilmar is brown.

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Jilmar’s case isn’t unique. There have been many cases around the country of brown people or people who speak Spanish being profiled by police and ICE agents. Few have reached the level of Jilmar’s – of being detained for three days – but it’s a reminder that even if you are in the US legally (as a citizen or resident) you may not be as safe as you think.

Many realized from this story that even if you’re a legal US citizen or resident there is zero safety.

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“I think it raises all sorts of questions,” said Miriam Aukerman, a senior attorney with the ACLU of Michigan, which has taken up the case. “Police had absolutely no reason to call ICE when they knew that Jilmar was a U.S. citizen. Yet they did so anyway. Why? One can’t imagine this happening to a white person who had his passport on him.”

One Twitter user even asked people if they’d actually be able to prove their identity if stopped by police right now…

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And the responses were less than positive. Many pointed out though that even if they had their legit original birth certificate, that in this environment, ICE or the police could just claim the documents were fake and still bring you into custody.

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