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June 20th update bits: It appears that instead of doing something useful, our government has decided to question the veracity of Guzman's disability. Meanwhile, this person talked to one of the attorneys in NYC working on the situation. This story includes comments from his mother, along with a statement of jaw-dropping callousness from a spokeswoman for the US consulate in Mexico. Here is an editorial from the Times.
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- Admitted Guzman is a United States citizen.
- Promised to distribute fliers at the border and the consulate office.
- Promised to explore options for contacting Mexican authorities.
- Promised to write up a report about how this happened to begin with.
Which means if this developmentally disabled 29-year-old who cannot read or write happens to stumble into the consulate office or shows up at the border, they'll help him. Probably. Maybe.
Meanwhile, the Salvation Army is going to donate a small amount of money to help the family with their search. So once again when brown people are under peril, the Salvation Army turns out to be far more useful than the government of the United States of America.
Guzman, a Southern California native, was abandoned in a place where he knows absolutely no one, with no money and without cognitive ability to get himself back to his home. As of right now our government won't even formally ask Mexican officials to search the morgues. That's how little care is extended for someone who is not a missing white girl.
There are no circumstances in which government officials may deport a U.S. citizen.