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  1. #1
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    Aug 2003

    High School Kid in Jail because of Travel Visa??????

    Unable to produce visa, teen is jailed
    Ohio town rallies behind German student facing deportation

    Manuel Bartsch is facing deportation to his native Germany after discovering that his American step-grandfather never completed paperwork eight years ago to make his stay legal in the United States.

    Bartsch, who has been jailed since Christmas, is set to appear at a bail hearing Wednesday in a Cleveland federal court. An immigration judge last week stopped him from being deported until he can have a hearing before an immigration court.

    Classmates and neighbors in the northwest Ohio village where Bartsch lives -- he has always assumed he is an American citizen -- have rallied behind him while questioning the wisdom of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

    Some have circulated petitions to give to immigration officials while the Pandora-Gilboa school board has asked that Bartsch be allowed to stay at least until he graduates this spring.

    "Sending an 18-year-old kid back to Germany doesn't make the country any safer," classmate Louis Schulte said. "What good is the law if it sends a good kid like Manuel back to Germany?"

    Ed Kolhoff, a former deputy sheriff, said the law is not always black and white and that the government should be more compassionate. "Putting him in jail is no way to correct what I consider a clerical error," he said Tuesday.

    Bartsch's step-grandfather -- a U.S. citizen who was his guardian -- returned to Germany in the summer, leaving Bartsch behind so he could graduate. Bartsch discovered the incomplete paperwork while he was searching for documents to prove his citizenship.

    When he couldn't find any, he contacted U.S. immigration authorities hoping the office would have records. Instead, he was detained over Christmas weekend and has been jailed since.

    Immigration officials are obligated to follow the law that clearly states that anyone who doesn't follow visa rules must be detained immediately and deported within 90 days, said Greg Palmore, spokesman for the agency.

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    He played on the football team at Pandora-Gilboa High School, worked odd jobs around farms and was popular with girls, all the while thinking he was a U.S. citizen. His roots didn't help him with high school German classes, though; Bartsch struggled like everyone else, Schulte remembered.

    Bartsch also took an interest in photography, and he planned to attend college next year to become an accountant, friends say.

    "He's such an easygoing kid," said Karen Blankenship, who has known Bartsch from the first week he moved into town and nicknamed him "Butch." She briefly helped raise the boy and considers him to be a son. "He's good to everyone."


  2. #2
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    Aug 2003
    We've got how many MILLIONS of illegals here in the United States sucking up our free education for their children, free medical care, driving around with no licenses and no automobile insurance and expecting US to provide all of our documents in their languages and all of that is just fine.

    Yet, they put a KID in jail over some paperwork??????

  3. #3
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    Jun 2005
    Jackson, MS

    Good Grief!


  4. #4
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    Apr 2005
    Thats terrible, they should be ashamed!

  5. #5
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    Aug 2003
    BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) -- A teenager who is trying to avoid deportation to his native Germany before he graduates from high school was released Thursday from jail, although authorities still say he is in the country illegally.

    Manuel Bartsch, 18, had been jailed since December 21 after discovering that his step-grandfather never completed paperwork eight years ago to make his stay in the United States legal.

    "It feels great because I get to go home and I get to go to school," he said after emerging from the suburban Cleveland jail where he was held for 16 days.

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  6. #6
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    Apr 2005
    I saw that he was released on the news this morning. That is good! I do not understand the whole Canada thing. Or the change if charges. Would the change in charge from being here on an expired 90 day visa to failing to be inspected be a lesser charge? One where it would not be necessary for him to leave the country?

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