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BORDERLAND IMMIGRATION COUNCIL COORDINATES COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO NEW ICE LEADERSHIP IN EL PASO, TX

Immigration and Custom's Enforcement (ICE) is currently under new leadership in El Paso, Texas which has resulted in a stark decline in the granting parole to refugees with established positive credible fear claims for asylum. Additionally, private attorneys have seen a drop in stay of removal requests for non-priority immigrants and immigrants with exceptional humanitarian factors indicating that they should not be priorities for removal either. These are essential forms of discretionary relief for immigrants who do not pose a threat to the United States. Another issue that community advocates are concerned about is separation of families fleeing for their lives at the El Paso ports of entry. ICE exercises its considerable power to incarcerate the one family member fleeing violence while release the others, spouses and siblings are divided without regard to any objective difference, separating their case and complicating their chances for success in court since the majority of families are fleeing from the same violence and should legally have their cases processed together...

EL PASO HERALD POST - Hope Border Institute, Borderland Immigration Council Address ICE Policies for Asylum Seekers

July 27, 2016

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