It is not uncommon to hear of immigrants in the United States who have had problems obtaining passports to enter the United States. It is a little more uncommon, however, to hear of a U.S. citizen having difficulties with his or her passport, especially on multiple occasions.

This is the case for one 33-year-old citizen who was born in Houston, Texas. When she was four years old, she moved with her father to El Salvador. Maybe the fact that she grew up speaking Spanish instead of English set off a red flag for federal officials concerned with immigration fraud when the woman traveled to the U.S. in 1998. She came for the first time since she moved to visit relatives in New York when an immigration officer stopped her and told her that the passport she had in her possession was not hers. After hours of interrogation and threats, the woman became scared and gave officials the name of her half-sister. They took her passport and deported her back to El-Salvador.

Although she eventually got her passport back after visiting the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador, she ran into more trouble when she applied for tourist visas for her children in 2005. Her passport was taken away again, so she traveled to the United States-Mexico border. She was sent to a detention facility for over two weeks. After arguing her case and spending months on paperwork, she finally proved that she was a U.S. citizen and was granted a new passport. She hopes that this will be the end to all her trouble with immigration officials.

If you have ran into problems with immigration authorities over your citizenship status, you may benefit from speaking with an immigration attorney.

Source: New York Daily News, “Deported U.S. citizen finally gets passport back,” Erica Pearson, Dec 1, 2013