Asylum Seekers Stuck at U.S.-Mexican Border

Asylum Seekers Stuck at U.S.-Mexican Border

National Public Radio recently aired a story about a back-up of asylum-seekers at ports of entry in San Diego, CA. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports that these ports of entry have reached capacity, which has caused them to turn away some immigrants seeking asylum, leaving them temporarily stranded in Mexico. These individuals must avoid Mexican authorities while still waiting to turn themselves over to American immigration officials. For instance, at the San Ysidro port of entry, observers report that there will be up to 100 immigrants lined up waiting to enter the U.S. each day. CBP officials routinely turn away immigrants seeking asylum. These individuals primarily come from Central American countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, but some also come from Africa, Haiti, and Eastern Europe. Rather than trying to sneak across the border, these individuals are attempting to legally enter the U.S., seeking protection from violent gangs and other threats to their lives. Normally, if an individual presents himself or herself at the border seeking asylum, border agents take the individual into the port of entry and if the individual expresses fear for his or her life, he or she is transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for a credible fear interview. However, since there is no place to currently house any more asylum-seekers, CBP agents reportedly are working with Mexican immigration authorities to transfer these individuals to migrant shelters in Tijuana. Each immigrant receives a numbered ticket, and when CBP is able to take in more asylees, they take in individuals housed in these shelters according to their ticket numbers. There is no indication that CPB intends to make more room or add more personnel to process asylees more quickly. Even worse, Mexican officials are detaining and deporting some immigrants from other countries who are not legally present in Mexico, which can further defeat those seeking asylum in the U.S. Whether you are a Central American immigrant, an unaccompanied minor, or an undocumented immigrant in another situation, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. is an Oakland immigration law firm who has dedicated its practice to protecting the interests of immigrants who are facing deportation. Whether you are potentially deportable due to a visa overstay or a lack of valid immigration status, we can help. We are prepared to build the strongest case possible in order to defend you against deportation. Contact us today to set up your legal consultation and discover what assistance we can offer to you and your family.
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