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Lyttle v. United States

Last Update: January 18, 2013

What's at Stake

Mark Daniel Lyttle is a U.S.-born citizen with mental disabilities who was unlawfully detained and deported to Mexico in 2008. His detention and deportation occurred despite substantial evidence available to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of his U.S. citizenship and mental disabilities, and despite his own claims of U.S. citizenship.

Mr. Lyttle spent four months in Central America before he was able to return to the U.S. The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, along with the ACLU of Georgia, ACLU of North Carolina, Troutman Sanders, and McKinney & Justice, is pursuing a damages action on Mr. Lyttle’s behalf against the federal government and individual immigration officers for their violation of Mr. Lyttle’s constitutional rights. The lawsuit also seeks to establish broader protections for individuals with mental disabilities who are caught in the web of immigration enforcement.

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