South Florida Immigration Officials Under Fire After Targeting Guatemalans in Jupiter
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|The government of Guatemala has issued a public protest based on immigration officials' actions in Riviera Beach.|
The case, which appears in today's New York Times, has become a flashpoint in U.S.-Guatemala diplomacy due to the manner in which federal authorities received the evidence. The package in question was from a company that the Guatemalan government used to deliver new passports to citizens living abroad. Diplomats for the Central American country say that, whatever the immigration status of those citizens, FedEx employees and American officials had no right to seize the package and examine passports that were the property of Guatemalan government.
Two Guatemalans have been deported in the case and another, 21-year-old Damaris Roxana Vazquez, is awaiting deportation. Her 5-year-old son is a legal U.S. resident.