According to reports Lyttle, 33 ended up being sent to prisons in Honduras and Guatemala before he was finally able to convince authorities there that he was, in fact, an American.
Authorities did not try to check Lyttle's birth certificate or contact his family before deporting him, according to the Observer's examination the paper trail.
However, Lyttle signed several documents that cemented his impending deportation, including an acknowledgment that he was a citizen of Mexico and an agreement to be voluntarily removed to Mexico. Lyttle said he didn't understand the paperwork and he was confused because he is bipolar.
The lawsuit also alleges discrimination because Lyttle is of Puerto Rican descent and looks Hispanic.