ACLU Lawsuit: A U.S. Citizen Was Jailed By A Louisiana Parish For Being Latinx

Ramon Torres became a naturalized citizen in 2009 and was carrying a U.S. passport, social security card and photo ID.

A Latino man in Louisiana was held in jail for four days due to suspicions he was in the country illegally, despite providing a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver’s license, and a Social Security card as proof of his status, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

In its lawsuit, the ACLU of Louisiana says staff at the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office “explained that they had a policy of detaining all Latinx people for immigration review.”

But Ramon Torres had been a naturalized U.S. citizen for almost ten years at the beginning of his ordeal, which started when police pulled him over for suspicion of driving under the influence in August 2018.

Per the ACLU, Torres was carrying “multiple forms of identification, including his driver’s license and other security credentials.”

After his arrest, Torres was booked in to the Ascension Parish Jail, and the next day a court ordered his release. But the sheriff’s office would not let him go home. In fact, he was detained a total of four days, before an attorney was able to secure his release.

The only reason Torres was placed on an “immigration hold” was racial profiling: he had brown skin and a Latinx name.

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Greg M
Greg M

Can anything be more clearly unconstitutional? "staff at the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office “explained that they had a policy of detaining all Latinx people for immigration review.”" Seriously? Pretty obvious profiling.