US government deports man detained at Mar-a-Lago resort

Mar-a-Lago-trespasser-deported-to-China-2-years-later Image copyright ? Rex Features Image caption USA Shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is visited by Mar-a-Lago members on his birthday last month The US government has deported a man from Germany who had…

US government deports man detained at Mar-a-Lago resort

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Image copyright ? Rex Features Image caption USA Shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is visited by Mar-a-Lago members on his birthday last month

The US government has deported a man from Germany who had been detained at Mar-a-Lago, after a security guard spotted him at the exclusive resort on his birthday.

The man was on a visit to the United States from Germany with his American partner at the time.

The USA Media Project said that he was living in Germany and was not a tourist at the time.

Luis Hernandez, 27, became an internet sensation after he was handcuffed and detained by Mar-a-Lago security staff who had asked him to leave the property as he and his partner were on a private membership list.

Mar-a-Lago, owned by the family of US President Donald Trump, is a private club, which includes foreign leaders and prominent business leaders.

Silence over ‘prestigious’ club

The USA Media Project, a liberal journalism organisation based in Oregon, said that its member Hernandez was visiting the club with his partner, when the guard noticed him.

The organisation said the guard saw the man had bought a bottle of champagne in the gift shop and saw that he was travelling with a German driving licence.

The guard shouted at the couple to leave and they said they tried to explain that they had bought the bottle before they left the resort.

Their second attempt to explain was greeted with the words “You’re a fucking Mexican, fuck off!” the organisation claimed.

“We’re told by several sources close to the situation that the guard engaged in anti-Hispanic comments.”

The couple explained that they were indeed Mexican and they were then handcuffed and detained.

Image copyright Deseret News Image caption One of the couple’s photos from his detention at Mar-a-Lago

They were transferred to a police station where the Trump family’s representatives were notified.

At no point did the guests at Mar-a-Lago state they wished to speak to the Miami-Dade Police Department about the incident.

In the meantime, Hernandez’s partner spent the next two hours in handcuffs, as the security staff demanded more money from his credit card.

In a later release to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Hernandez’s partner asserted that the officer had called him an “animals.”

The CBP said in a statement that it “must balance constitutional rights to privacy and the right to travel, while maintaining security and safety for all persons” while Hernandez was detained.

It said the decision to transfer the man to CBP custody was the result of its review of the incident, and that it was “committed to protecting civil liberties and ensuring public safety.”

Image copyright US Associated Press Image caption A sign on Mar-a-Lago says visiting foreigners need “visa clearance”. Image caption Hernandez’s partner says the guard called him “an immigrant”

This led the USA Media Project to raise concerns about whether this meant he might face prosecution.

The petition filed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement demanding that Hernandez’s criminal case was dropped was dismissed shortly afterwards, the organization said.

He has since been returned to Germany and deported to China – again, he had never been charged with a crime and had no criminal record, the USA Media Project said.

His partner, David Hockenhull, said the couple were shocked by the news.

“We have no idea why they chose to deport him because he had no criminal history,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Mar-a-Lago club declined to comment when contacted by the BBC.

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