Man born and raised in Philly fights for his right to stay in America

Justin Udo
December 06, 2018 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A man born and raised in Philadelphia fights through an incredible ordeal in an effort to stay in the United States.

Peter Sean Brown is a Philadelphia native who now calls Big Pine Keys, Florida, home.

So last April, when the 50-year-old U.S. citizen turned himself in for probation violation after testing positive for marijuana and found out he was being deported to Jamaica, he was left in shock.

"I was panicking more every day," he said. 

That panicking went on for 30 days while he was in jail and eventually taken hours away from his home to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Miami.

"You have nothing. You're just kind of stripped of everything. I was numb by the end of it," he said. 

Brown says the more he pleaded for his freedom, the more he was teased and harassed by guards. During his detainment, he says he was ridiculed by officers, who mocked him by speaking in fake Jamaican accents.

"Wasn't a matter to be joked about at all. It was a very severe matter," said Brown. 

Brown says that things finally took a turn for the better right before he was going to be sent to Jamaica.

"They were like, 'sorry we made a mistake, we're going to start the process to let you go,'" he said, but not before taking his release papers away from him, and telling him to find his own way home a few hundred miles away.

"He takes the couple papers that I did have, and he goes 'We're going to need these, because we kind of need to make it look like you were never here,'" Brown said. 

Brown has now teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union to sue ICE.

He wants others to know what happened to him is not an isolated incident, and goes on more often more than one may think.