Illegal migrant, convicted in a crime, with a warrant of deportation, wins $190,000 law suit


Pedro Figueroa Zarceno, a 32-year-old man is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador. He recently filed and won a suit in U.S. District Court this week.

He claimed that the city violated his right that he gets under santuary city ordinance. His Muslim lawyer, Saira Hussain, claimed that he was a victim of faalse imprisonment.

Figueroa was in custody for 2 months. His car had been stolen and later found by the police. When he turned up at the police station he was arrested becuase he did not have any legal or valid documents to prove that he was a legal migrant. When police ran a routine background check they discovered that he had an outstanding warrant. 10 years back he was issued the warrent and it ordered his deportation. But, he failed to appear at the immigration hearing in 2005. He was also conicted for dirving while intoxicated.

As per local ordinance, city officials are not permitted to use city resources to help federal officials enforce federal immigration law. This law was basically made so that illegal immigrants get the option to report crimes against them and also take help of the authorities when required.

Sira Hussain, his lawyer said that he was not aware of any warrent issued against him.

“It’s really important for San Francisco to remain a sanctuary city not in name only but also in practice,” Hussain told The San Francisco Examiner. “Our hope is that the department is going to look into this further and really examine the way that the department can do more.”

“What happened to me was very unfair and it was an injustice,” Figueroa-Zerceno said. “I went into the police station to seek help and they didn’t tell me what was happening and they arrested me and treated me badly.”

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