San Bernardino mentally disabled man endured detainment odyssey

Over and over again, Dolores Gomez heard the same words. "We don't know, ma'am. We don't know what's going on with your son." Gomez was kept in the dark while her 48-year-old mentally disabled son was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for more than four years. Full Story
Cucaman

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#1 Apr 3, 2010
Outrageous! ICE acts like a Gestapo police force that can arrest anyone it deems is deportable! How was this mentally challenged man a flight risk? His family had a home and job and would not have run away. What is going on there in Detention and Removal Operations? Why isn't the Field Office Director answering questions? This is his responsibility, is it not? Come on Daily Bulletin, start sleuthing around and ask the tough questions. Do detainees get medical attention? Mental health evaluations? 4 meals a day? Phone call privs? Competent native language speakers? Do the ICE people call their countries consulate like they are required under Geneva Convention? Sue the ICE for millions of dollars, I hope they do. This is what happens when you merge Customs and Immigration! You get insanity!
dlorahdebarge

Palm Coast, FL

#2 Apr 3, 2010
Well, now we have more information to consider. If he was arrested in 2004 for assault, he would have been in his early 40s. But if he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at 16 or 17 where did he live? Here or Mexico? Did he file for citizenship before he was arrested or after? A conviction for assault would certainly void his application for citizenship. The mother who reportedly speaks only Spanish and is elderly says personnel at ICE claimed not to know about his case for over 4 years, but when and where was he originally incarcerated? County Jail? West Valley? Didn't she know what was going on then? Certainly she knew he had a mental impairment, how else do we know it began in his adolescence if she wasn't the source of that fact? Did she file for citizenship? Why are they considered "Legal" immigrants? The story says Guillermo was moved to various facilities during his detainment because of his self destructive behavior, and his mental status while detained was evaluated by professionals and treated ...What happened to the first public defender who must have represented him for the assault in 2004? From a humanitarian standpoint, with all things considered you have to know he was better off here than in Mexico.
Allie

Costa Mesa, CA

#3 Apr 3, 2010
public defenders are often overworked with all their caseloads. A paranoid schizo could become violent if his meds are not taken properly or they have an adverse reaction to it. Just because they are convicted doess't mean that they understood what they were guilty of. As far as legality...if it was your son and you did not have answers to where and why they are detained when you know they can not fend for themselves...would you still feel that way?

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#4 Apr 4, 2010
Guillermo probably doesn't even know of this ordeal. No harm, no foul.
dlorahdebarge

San Antonio, TX

#5 Apr 4, 2010
Allie wrote:
public defenders are often overworked with all their caseloads. A paranoid schizo could become violent if his meds are not taken properly or they have an adverse reaction to it. Just because they are convicted doess't mean that they understood what they were guilty of. As far as legality...if it was your son and you did not have answers to where and why they are detained when you know they can not fend for themselves...would you still feel that way?
In your abstract response your use of the term schizo is degrading, insensitive, politically incorrect...and reveals a lot more about your character than you realize. The context of this man's plight as related in this article is missing. I suggest that you reread the article for all of its unanswered questions before you defend the "over-worked" public defenders. And, never end a sentence in a preposition. A duh!
Clown Community Activist

Apple Valley, CA

#6 Apr 4, 2010
The last great discrimination in what is left of America is the plight of the mantally disabled community.
ACLU

San Bernardino, CA

#7 Apr 4, 2010
All chunts are mentally disabled. It's in the genes.
Jorge

Altadena, CA

#8 Apr 4, 2010
How does one get 2 yrs. in prison for assault, unless he has priors. If it's a sexual assault, then 2 yrs. would sound normal. The press did a half xss job of presenting the facts. Rather, they sensationalize the errors of the system and make him out to be *+UG&O&%R^%. He violated his immigration status with the crime. Perhaps if he's deported he can receive better mental health services from his birth country. Ice didn't give him diabetes. This story is really poorly done!

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