From where Jose Guevara Rios sat in a Brooks County jail cell, it sounded like a pretty good deal.
Sign a piece of paper, get released from lockup and be deported back to his native El Salvador within days. The offer, made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, was certainly better than the conditions he had so far experienced in the United States.
Federal agents detained Guevara shortly after he illegally crossed the border near Laredo in 2004. Within days, he found himself in solitary confinement in Falfurrias. For 12 days, he ate, slept and bided his time in the cell with no explanation as to why he was separated from the other immigrants, according to a lawsuit he filed later that year.
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