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Deported immigrant suing over injury

A man once deported for being in the country illegally is suing the federal government for injuries his attorney claims he suffered at the U.S. Port of Entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says 41-year-old Jose Gutierrez was trying to re-enter the country through the San Luis port when he was ordered to a secondary area for follow-up inspection.

The agency says Gutierrez fell and hit his head on the floor March 30 while trying to escape back to Mexico.

Gutierrez’s attorney tells the Yuma Sun the injury stems from excessive force applied by port officers.

A spokesman of U.S. Department of Homeland Security declined to comment on the lawsuit but confirmed the incident is under investigation.

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