Citizen? Prove it.

Manuel Herrera has been in immigration detention in Hudson County, New Jersey, for almost a year. In that time, his lawyer has been fighting to prove he is a U.S. citizen.

Column (New York)

Christie Thompson
Marshall Project
May 21, 2018

Tags: Deportation, Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)


He is now facing deportation based on three drug convictions and a “possession of stolen property” charge, the most recent of which was in 2002. Thanks to his immigration attorney at The Legal Aid Society in New York, though, Herrera has since discovered he may have been a citizen all along.

“Everything I’ve found out about myself has been since I’ve been here,” Herrera said, in a recent interview at the New York City immigration court. “There are so many things about my family I didn’t know.”