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Fast-Track Deportations Jeopardize Asylum Seekers

Fast-Track Deportations Jeopardize Asylum Seekers

A recent American Immigration Council report shows that the U.S. government’s reliance on “fast-track” deportation methods, such as expedited removal, along with increased detentions, results in a significant disadvantage to those immigrants who are seeking asylum. Using his executive order authority, Trump has exponentially expanded expedited removal, which is a summary removal process with no opportunity for judicial review. Rather than limiting expedited removal to non-citizens found within 100 miles of the country’s border and who entered the U.S. within the previous two weeks, Trump has expanded expedited removal to include any non-citizen who has been present in the U.S. for two years or less. Often considered to be the most vulnerable group of immigrants, female and child asylum seekers are typically detained in remote, rural immigrant detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania. Due to their sheer isolation from immigration advocates and attorneys, it has become almost impossible to have a meaningful day in court on their asylum claims. Even worse, the plight of this group of non-citizens is suffering other difficulties, as well. These problems include: • High incidences of psychological trauma among detained women and children • Separation of families after arriving at the border • A prevalence of often untreated medical conditions • Limited access to interpretation services • An inability to understand the complex legal standards required to obtain asylum • Procedural defects in the interview process with asylum officers Here at Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we are well aware of the major changes in immigration policy that have occurred thus far in 2017, including significant increases in expedited removal proceedings. Fortunately, the skilled and knowledgeable immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. are here to get immigrants released from detention and defend them against removal from the country. We handle these types of cases on a regular basis and have valuable knowledge about how to best represent your interests, based on your individual circumstances. By contacting our office right away, you will place yourself in the best position possible to have loved ones released from detention and defend again potential removal from home and family.

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