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Real Stories About Asylum And Temporary Protected Status: Roadblocks On The Journey To Life In America

Immigrants come from all over the world to seek the American Dream. Some, seeking economic opportunity, are leaving the poorest regions of the world.

Some flee political chaos. Others seek to escape social persecution, religious discrimination, racial mistreatment, gender discrimination.or natural disasters.

Learn more here. We find, select, and share the top stories and articles across the web about asylum, TPS, migrants, and refugees about these heart-wrenching situations.

This collection of news stories is intended to supplement and amplify the information provided on our pages for Asylum and Temporary Protected Status legal services.

Central America Survey: Innocent Or Ploy?

On January 19, 2019, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and contractors started to conduct a “voluntary” 30-minute survey that affects Central American clients.

ICE has noted “answers to the survey will not be used for any enforcement purposes.”

The ICE flyer on this topic states:

“In an effort to better understand the factors contributing to a record surge of family units from Central America, and to inform on the types of services made available to families enrolled in the Alternatives to Detention program, ICE continues to explore options to gather information from families under the agency’s supervision.”

If you’re contacted, before responding, contact a licensed attorney to discuss potential risks of participation. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

In the next few months, we’ll likely have a better glimpse of the goverment’s real goals in conducting this survey.

For more information, click here: Beware The Voluntary ICE Survey On Central American Refugees

Televised Interview With A Honduran Immigrant Smuggler

In some ways, this was a strange interview.

A human smuggler goes public, under condition of anonymity, and shares secrets of immigration smuggling on television.

Odd. But in the information age, with an open internet, true privacy tends to take a back seat to earning a few dollars.

How much of it is true?

Good question.

The smuggler’s interview may very well be contrived. Yet, it may also be true.

For more, continue here: An Inside Look At The Secrets Of Immigrant Smugglers

The Key To Fixing The Central American Refugee Crisis

Can I repeat myself?

I have calling the Central American Refugee issue a matter of international relations. Yet, I can’t seem to find voices pushing international solutions.

So I started looking for voices from the other countries. Here’s one from Honduras, outlining what will happen to the young children when the U.S. government returns them to their homeland.

Deport The Children To Honduras And Stoke The Fire There
Marco Cáceres, The Honduras Weekly, July 1, 2014

According to the Vice Foreign Minister of Honduras, Diana Valladares, “These children who traveled unaccompanied will definitely be reunited with their parents, and their cases will be referred to judges for processing.”

Maybe. But probably not.

In many cases, the parents of these kids are already living illegally in the U.S., and the grandparents with whom they were left years ago are now either too old to care for them or have died off. So there are not many good options for guardianship. And don’t count on much help from government orphanages or children’s homes, because they stink (figuratively and literally).

Caceres also notes, in a statement which should be taken a lot more seriously by all those who profess an interest in the plight of the refugees that:

“At some point, the U.S. government will have to deal with the source of the problem, rather than trying to mindlessly mess around with its symptoms.”

I fully agree.

Chinese Asylum Claims In New York

Asylum cases for Chinese immigrants are difficult for a variety of reasons.

Many present complicated facts relating to religious persecution or forced abortions. The evidence is often scanty. The stories, however, are genuine.

In such situations, the U.S. represents a legitimate safe haven for Chinese immigrants.

Chinese asylum cases have substantially grown during the past decade. New York City leads the way.

About 50% of such matters are submitted by New York residents.

But along with the legitimate claims, fraudulent claims have also increased.

The Very Relatable Reason Chinese Immigrants Flock To NYC
Geoffrey Mullings, The Blinker, May 6, 2014

Asylum fraud is rampant across immigration groups, but the US has especially targeted Chinese communities for enforcement. Many Chinese immigrants are encouraged to lie about hardships faced in their homeland and an untaxed black market of legal services is amassing on their backs. As a result, the US government has disproportionately denied Chinese asylum applications in NYC versus across the nation. Regardless, Chinese immigrants remain the biggest source of requests for asylum in the US.

In my asylum law practice, I’ve seen both sides of the equation.

I have represented many Chinese immigrants with bona fide cases. Each time, their versions are put to a strenuous test and put under a microscope. Proving such claims is not simple.

On the other hand, I’ve received calls from individuals purporting to be family members of Chinese nationals who have taken into immigration custody.

They claim their detained relatives entered the United States to seek asylum. A majority of these calls are made by individuals asserting they live in New York. They want to have their relatives released on bond so they could join them on the East Coast.

When questioned in depth, however, their stories fall apart.

The false claims place an added burden on Chinese asylum seekers with valid claims.

Because there is no easy way to separate the real from the fraudulent case at the outset, they are forced to deal with a two-track system.

The valid claimants must overcome the doubt which accompanies all Chinese asylum cases, as well as surmount the burdens of proving the basis of their persecution.

Immigration News Curation By Carlos Batara