Facing deportation, man now says he's American
Hernán Rozemberg: Express-News
Saúl Espinoza readily admits he's no angel — his life is a chronology of felony convictions — and that he deserves to be punished for being a weasel with the justice system.
But that shouldn't include getting booted out of the country and not being allowed back, he said.
Espinoza, 36, claims he's a U.S. citizen about to be wrongly deported to Mexico. He's expected to receive a final deportation order Thursday at a court hearing in San Antonio.
"Just because I've done bad stuff in the past shouldn't mean they can take away my citizenship," he said by phone Tuesday from a downtown federal detention facility.
Judges aren't allowed to be interviewed and her agency doesn't comment on individual cases, said Susan Eastwood, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department's Executive Office of Immigration Review, which runs the national immigration courts.
The simple scheme worked quite well — he would sign a document using an alias, acknowledging he was in the country illegally. "Voluntarily returned" to Mexican border towns, he would easily re-enter the United States, claiming citizenship at border crossings.