What happens next for the families that have been reunited?
This group now faces the fight for political asylum.
What are the options for the parents who were separated from their children and were deported?
Telemundo interviews an immigration expert.
Dr. Alma Rosa Nieto, Immigration Attorney, spoke with Telemundo on important next steps for how to fight legal cases for reunified families and for deported parents:
1) What are the steps that these families must take to obtain a legal status in this country, taking into account that the Trump administration has dismissed victims of domestic and gang violence as qualifying causes?
“Many people are worried about the government’s lack of urgency in reuniting families, and in some cases, in forcing or intimidating them into signing deportations. They must remain firm in their decision to fight their case if they have a credible fear of returning to their countries of origin and are fighting for political asylum. The important thing is that asylum cases should not be generalized. For each individual case, the danger must be identified, detailing what would happen to that person if they were to return to their country of origin. Remember that two very important categories have been eliminated in our community: victims of domestic violence and fear of returning due to the problem of gangs in Central America. So if you are going to use those factors, it will be much harder to win an asylum case. They have to personalize their case; each case must be different and individualized to the person who asks for political asylum.”
***Individualized cases are strengthened by accompanying evidence. For example, photos of physical harm, hospital stay evidence, destruction of property in a home by gangs, letters from the hospital, churches, police reports, local newspaper accounts. Copies of these can be faxed to the officer in charge of the case (Latinarepublic’s note based on testimonials from detained immigrants fighting for asylum).
By LATINA REPUBLIC
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