West Mifflin woman sues federal government for her detention as an illegal immigrant

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A West Mifflin woman arrested in 2011 when a police officer wrongly concluded that she was an illegal alien sued the U.S. government today, claiming that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were negligent in her imprisonment because they falsely told police that she was out of status.

Last year Angelica Davila, 29, sued the North Regional Joint Police Board, two of its officers, an ICE agent and Allegheny County alleging that an overnight detention violated her civil rights, and that case continues. She did not sue the federal government itself at that time because her American Civil Liberties Union attorneys were going through required administrative claims processes.

Ms. Davila, born in Mexico but living in America since age 2 and the child of Americans, was with a friend leaving a Mexican grocery in Pine when a police officer pulled her over. The friend was an illegal alien.

ICE issued detainers for Ms. Davila and the friend, and both were kept overnight at the Allegheny County Jail. She was never charged with any crime.

The lawsuit under the Federal Claims Tort Act seeks compensatory damages.

Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 or on Twitter @richelord.

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