Immigration Lockdowns Holding Families for Excessive Amounts of Time

Immigration Lockdowns Holding Families for Excessive Amounts of Time

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that several immigrant families have been detained at Texas immigration detention centers for a much longer period of time than allowed under federal law. This is the case even though state lawmakers adjourned their legislative session without passing a bill specifically designed to circumvent that federal law. Lobbyists for the Geo Group, a for-profit prison company that operates many immigrant detention centers around the state, created a bill that would have allowed the state of Texas to license immigrant detention centers as childcare providers, which is a requirement for any facility that houses children for more than 20 days. The bill also would have permitted the state health department to waive minimum childcare licensing standards for Geo Group’s Karnes Residential Facility and for another large private prison company. Nonetheless, as of May 31, 2017, one Afghan family, which includes two mothers with a total of three young children, has been detained since December, 2016. This six month detention period has been extremely stressful and depressing for the family, who entered the U.S. seeking asylum from persecution by the Taliban. In their native Afghanistan, the family had operated schools with western-style curricula. The Taliban destroyed at least one of the schools, and the family fled their home in search of freedom from persecution. Six months of detention is not a permissible length of time for a family to be detained under federal law, but state lawmakers have turned a blind eye to the illegality of the situation. Even as immigration advocates praised the failure of the bill described above, they also acknowledged that the lack of legislation still has not helped this Afghan family or other families in the same or similar situations. If ICE has detained a loved one, contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible can be essential securing his or her release and fighting deportation. Taking steps to fix an immigration problem from the outset is often much simpler than waiting until the last minute and attempting to remedy the situation. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468 today, and learn what we can do to help you through this situation.
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