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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman has taken the first step toward suing county and federal officials after she says she was detained by immigration authorities for deportation even though she is an American citizen.

The Los Angeles Times reports Friday ( ) that 59-year-old hairdresser Guadalupe Plascencia filed a notice of claim with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Plascencia says she was arrested in March on a bench warrant for failing to testify in a 2007 case. She was arrested by immigration agents when leaving jail the next day.

She was released after her daughter showed her passport. Her lawyer says she was detained by immigration at least an hour and less than a day.

ICE says the agency would not knowingly detain a U.S. citizen.


Information from: Los Angeles Times,