ACLU files $1 million claim against Corona Police after immigrant is deported

Article subtitle: 
Claim alleges Corona police violated state, federal laws — including California's sanctuary law
Article author: 
Roxana Kopetman
Article publisher: 
Orange County Register
Article date: 
10 June 2019
Article category: 
National News
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Daniel Valenzuela had just dropped his daughters at school when he was stopped by a Corona police officer who said he was speeding.

Valenzuela didn’t get a ticket. He got deported.

Corona police officers asked him about his immigration status, held Valenzuela in a patrol car and called U.S. Customs and Border Patrol — in violation of state and federal laws, according to a claim filed Wednesday against the city of Corona by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California...

Valenzuela, 34, whose full name is Daniel Alberto Valenzuela Rodriguez, was stopped by Officer Jason Gardner on Jan. 31 for allegedly driving 70 miles per hour in a zone that had a 45 MPH limit ...

Gardner wrote in his report that he called the Temecula checkpoint of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to verify Valenzuela’s statements and found that he had overstayed his tourist visa, which had expired Jan. 16.  Immigration officials asked Gardner to hold Valenzuela until they could arrive and take him into custody.

“In this case, the cooperation is abundantly clear,” Bitran, the ACLU attorney, said ...