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Asylum Seeker Separated From Daughter Released From California Jail

Asylum Seeker Separated From Daughter Released From California Jail

A woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo who was seeking asylum in the U.S. has been released from a California jail after immigration officials separated from her seven-year-old daughter. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on the woman’s behalf in San Diego federal district court, seeking to reunite mother and daughter. Contrary to past practices, the Trump administration has chosen to separate some parents from their minor children upon detaining them, in an effort to discourage families from attempting to enter the U.S. on asylum claims. If this becomes a common practice or policy of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it is likely that many more lawsuits will follow as parents and children are detained and separated. Although, Mrs. L., the Congolese women mentioned above, has been released from detention, she still has not be reunited with her daughter, who remains in the custody of Illinois child welfare officials. The woman had appeared with her daughter at a San Diego port of entry; she spent four days detained with her child before immigration officials separated the two. Immigrant families, primarily from Central America, have increasingly been seeking asylum in the U.S. to escape the rampant gang and drug violence that currently permeates that area of the world. In fact, more than 260,000 immigrants, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, have been caught attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border since 2014 and the majority of them have sought asylum. As the U.S. has attempted to stem the flow of immigrant families from Central America, a federal judge ruled that an older court settlement regarding the treatment of immigrant children prohibits the U.S. government from detaining children with their parents. As a result, USCIS released most immigrant families seeking asylum into the community pending their asylum cases. When you or a loved one are detained and face deportation for any reason, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. is here to help. We care about you, your family, and your ability to remain in the U.S. As a result, our California deportation defense lawyers stand ready to build the strongest possible deportation defense case on your behalf. Contact your Oakland immigration lawyer today and learn how we can advocate for you and your family in your deportation proceedings.

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