BI collars ‘overstaying’ American

May 31, 2022 Jun I. Legaspi 346 views

BUREAU of Immigration (BI) agents arrested in Cebu over the weekend an overstaying American who is the subject of numerous complaints from residents in his neighborhood for allegedly being an undesirable alien.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the American as 67-year-old Sunny Miller, who was arrested in Bgy. Punta, San Remigio, Cebu by operatives from the BI Intelligence Division.

Morente said he issued a mission order for Miller’s arrest after the BI received a complaint from barangay officials who accused him of causing trouble and committing acts that disturbed the peace and threatened the lives of residents in the community.

“The complainants also alleged that he has been engaging in gainful business activities without the appropriate permit and working visa in blatant violation of our Immigration laws,” Morente added.

The BI chief said Miller will be slapped with a deportation case by Immigration prosecutors before issuing an order for his deportation by the BI Board of Commissioners.

According to BI Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr., Miller’s stay in the country already lapsed, making him an “overstaying alien” who may be subjected to summary deportation.

Manahan said the complainants accused Miller of resorting to harassment and intimidation and that he allegedly occupied land in the coastal area of the barrio, which deprived fisherfolk of using the property to engage in fishing and other livelihood activities.

Manahan also bared that barangay officials in Punta also passed a resolution declaring him “persona non grata” for acts contrary to morals, good customs, and public policy.

The American is presently detained at the BI’s facility in Cebu while undergoing deportation proceedings.