In a first, Australian national, Stephen Compton has sued Mexico’s immigration service known as the National Immigration Institute for unlawfully detaining him for four months due to an expired visa.
Compton, who is being aided by the migrant rights group Sin Fronteras, is suing the Mexican government for $2.1 million pesos ($168,000) for lost wages and damages. Compton was picked up in Acapulco where he had been living since 2004 on an expired tourist visa.
The Australian alleges he was held without a hearing and detained in poor facilities even after a judge revoked an expulsion order. Many migrant rights group allege Mexico detains undocumented individuals for extended periods without prompt immigration hearings. Most of the individuals that are held typically are Central American migrants.