Man with Mental Disability Wrongly Deported

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Lesson Title

Man with Mental Disability Wrongly Deported

Video title, link and release date

Man with Mental Disability Wrongly Deported, March 14, 2013

Video Length

Two minutes, thirty-two seconds

Grade Level

High school


  • In 2008, Mark Lyttle, a man with bipolar disorder, was forcefully deported from the United States after being coerced into signing papers declaring himself a Mexican citizen.
  • In reality, Lyttle is a lifelong American citizen who also speaks Spanish.
  • After deportation, Lyttle spent 4 months wandering the streets of Mexico and other countries in Central America.

  • The ACLU of North Carolina and the ACLU of Georgia took up his case; he has been granted $175,000 in compensation from the U.S. Department of Justice.


Review Questions:

1. What happened to Lyttle during his four months in Central America?

2. What two U.S. amendments were used in Lyttle’s defense in court?

Freewriting “Journal” Prompt:

What about this report do you have questions about?

How/why do you think Lyttle was coerced into declaring himself a Mexican citizen?

What do you want to know more about?

Will is the editor for the Galaxy Awareness and History pages as well as one of our pollsters. He is a sophomore at Seattle University majoring in philosophy. His home is La Crosse Wisconsin.