11 People Claim Justice Dept. Is Prosecuting Them Selectively Because They’re From Central America

At issue is the claim from 11 people facing charges of illegal entry into the U.S., typically a routine misdemeanor charge, that they are being singled out for prosecution by the Justice Department because they are from Central American countries. A few hours earlier a second, smaller group of seven was arrested by another agent not too far away. 32.715738

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Within a few minutes, Renteria had arrested all of them — 13 from Honduras, one from Guatemala, one from Mexico and three from India. and Mexico in an area called Goat Canyon.