Immigrant rights group allege U.S. citizen wrongfully detained
Aspen Daily News Staff Report
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
A group dedicated to protecting immigrants’ rights issued a statement Monday alleging that federal authorities wrongfully and forcibly raided a U.S. citizen’s home in Carbondale during a week-long effort to arrest Mexican and El Salvadoran gangs.
The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition allege that on July 13, over a dozen Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents mistakenly raided the home of Marco Guevara of Carbondale. Marco’s stepmother, Laurie Guevara-Stone, is a native born U.S. citizen and both he and his father, Anibal Guevara-Stone, have been U.S citizens for almost a decade, the statement said.
At 6 a.m., ICE agents knocked on Marco’s door and informed him that he had “deportable offenses,” and they were there to take him into custody. Despite Marco identifying himself as a U.S. citizen, the agents would not give him the opportunity to produce his U.S. passport to verify his identity, according to the coalition.
When he turned to yell to his parents that agents were trying to take him away, he was forcibly removed from his home, shoved to the ground and handcuffed, according to the coalition. Only once his parents were able to convince the agents to look at Marco’s passport was he released back into their custody.
Marco is originally from Ecuador and his father, Anibal Guevara-Stone, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2003. Marco has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since he was 13 years old and when his father became a U.S. citizen, and as a minor, he became a citizen by act of law, according to the coalition. Anibal and his wife, Laurie Guevara-Stone, applied for citizenship for Marco and he was granted his U.S. passport in 2003.