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Latino war veteran files $1M claim for immigration arrest

November 20, 2019
FILE - This undated booking file photo released by the Kent County Sheriff's Office, shows Jilmar Ramos-Gomez. The city of Grand Rapids will pay $190,000 settlement to the mentally ill Latino war veteran who was wrongfully detained by federal immigration officials. The City Commission unanimously approved the payment Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2019, to Ramos-Gomez to resolve a Michigan Department of Civil Rights complaint.Customs Enforcement held Ramos-Gomez for three days last December before releasing the Michigan-born man and U.S. citizen.(Kent County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
FILE - This undated booking file photo released by the Kent County Sheriff's Office, shows Jilmar Ramos-Gomez. The city of Grand Rapids will pay $190,000 settlement to the mentally ill Latino war veteran who was wrongfully detained by federal immigration officials. The City Commission unanimously approved the payment Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2019, to Ramos-Gomez to resolve a Michigan Department of Civil Rights complaint.Customs Enforcement held Ramos-Gomez for three days last December before releasing the Michigan-born man and U.S. citizen.(Kent County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers for a Latino American war veteran who was wrongfully detained by immigration agents in Michigan have filed a $1 million claim against the U.S. government for his three days in custody.

Jilmar Ramos-Gomez is a Michigan-born U.S. citizen. Yet he was taken into custody after his release a year ago from a Kent County, Michigan, jail for an alleged crime. The American Civil Liberties Union says Ramos-Gomez’ “shocking mistreatment” only exacerbated his post-traumatic stress disorder from his service as a Marine in Afghanistan.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to comment Wednesday.

The city of Grand Rapids recently agreed to pay $190,000 to Ramos-Gomez. A Grand Rapids police officer played a key role in notifying ICE about the man.

Separately, the ACLU filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking documents about Ramos-Gomez’ detention.