Tijuana, Mexico - The Daily Planet's very own, Clark Kent, has himself became the news today, as U.S. immigration officials first detained, arrested and then later deported him at the U.S./Mexican border after his name failed to come up in the new national database containing the identity of every American citizen born in the United States.
The incident occurred on a return visit from Tijuana, Mexico, after he, and a group of fellow reporters, conducted an interview with immigration activist, Elvira Arellano, who herself was deported to Mexico, leaving her U.S. born 8-years-old son, Saul, behind.
"The interview went quite well," said a colleague. "I just hope the news of Clark's deportation doesn't overshadow the human interest story of Elvira Arellano and her son, Saul, and the 12 million other illegal immigrant family stories out there just like theirs."
According to other reporters present, Clark Kent seemed very touched by Elvira Arellano and her son, Saul.
He must have known the risk he was taking in going to Mexico like that for the story and being undocumented himself, he must have realized he could be arrested and deported, say colleagues.
"He's no Superman," said another colleague. "But then again you don't have to be in order to stand up and do the right thing."
Clark Kent was called out among other members of the press pool at the border crossing on their return to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new database. A somewhat reluctant Clark Kent agreed to act as an unwitting participate.
"We all thought it was a practical joke at first," said a fellow report that witnessed the incident. "But after the machine kept going off with the alarm bells every time Kent's finger prints were scanned, it got annoying and then very serious when Kent was asked to accompany immigrant officials to a private room."
According to immigration officials, the whole thing was planned months in advance as a demonstration of the taxpayers dollars at work.
"We thought we'd give the press a practical demonstration of our duties here on the border," said Robert Jackson, an immigration supervisor. "Mr. Kent was selected at completely at random, and it had absolutely nothing to do with his story. We had no idea he had problems with his immigration status. But as you can see, the machine pays for itself."
The Daily Planet refused comment citing pending legal action.
Clark Kent was remanded into to custody of Mexican immigration officials and advised he could apply for a visa, passport or citizenship at the U.S. Consulate's Office, as he would not be allowed to reenter the country without obtaining documentation establishing his immigration status first.
Reportedly, immigration activist, Elvira Arellano, has taken in Clark Kent until things are cleared up. Clarke Kent could not be reached for comment. Nor Superman, Clark Kent's best friend, who is staying at his apartment in Metropolis, due to his being evicted from his Fortress of Solitude in the North Pole by the Russians earlier this month.