For Illegal Immigrant, Deportation After Political Appointment

Kirk Semple, New York Times, December 14, 2009

In 13 years in and around New York, Augusto Noguera built an impressive life. {snip}

The crowning moment came in September, when President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay appointed him to an administrative post in the government’s New York consulate. It was a job Mr. Noguera had eagerly sought, friends said, as payback for supporting Mr. Lugo and other candidates in last year’s elections.

There was just one problem: Mr. Noguera was an illegal immigrant.

Today, he is locked in an immigration detention center in Arizona, awaiting deportation. His botched appointment has deeply embarrassed the Paraguayan government. {snip}


{snip}. Two weeks ago, he tried to re-enter the United States at the Mexican border near Tijuana using someone else’s passport, and was detained by American immigration agents, Paraguayan diplomats said. The news made headlines in Paraguay.



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