NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CN) – A man who has been jailed as an illegal immigrant since 2008 sued the Department of Homeland Security in Federal Court, demanding documents that he says prove he is a U.S. citizen. Clerde Pierre says DHS has wrongfully imprisoned him at the Franklin County Jail in Greenfield, Mass., and is trying to deport him to Haiti.
Pierre says that if DHS and its creature, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, respond properly to his May 29 Freedom of Information Act request, several documents will prove his citizenship, get him out of jail, and prevent his deportation.
Pierre says the government has on file an application for certificate of citizenship, filed by him or on his behalf by his father, Lavaud Pierre; an I-130 Petition for Alien Relative, filed by his father naming him as a beneficiary; and an I-485 Application to Adjust Status.
Pierre says the CIS confirmed receipt of his FOIA request on June 4, but four days later rejected his request for expedited processing. He says he has received none of the records he requested, which are overdue.
Pierre is represented by Michael Wishnie and Muneer Ahmad from the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization in New Haven.