On Friday, central American migrants arrived in the United States on a “Crucis” caravan to Mexico, where they will work with nongovernmental organizations on human rights issues. President Donald trump has condemned the caravan.
Last week, the President signed a trump a notification regarding the deployment of national guard troops along the border in the south, seems to be responding to the so-called “caravan”, by Mexican immigrants moved to Central America, parts of immigration to the United States to seek asylum.
Many of these migrants are women and children who have fled violence in their country, like a Salvadoran woman and her son, who has been holding on for more than a year.
She and her 17-year-old son arrived at the Mexican and American border in southern Texas in early 2017. Mother tells how she fled el Salvador, because one of the world’s most dangerous gangs, marla Salvatrucha, is better known as ms-13.
ProPublica: teenagers who were told that ms-13 was deported.
The gang wants her son to join them. “I must hide him at a friend’s house… They threatened to kill two of us if he didn’t join us, “she told NPR.
For many central American families fleeing gang violence, the only way to move to legal immigration is to seek asylum in the United States, as the mother did for her and her son. After crossing the border, she was treated and released in Los Angeles in March 2017 with ankle bracelets and court dates to determine whether she and her son would be granted asylum.
The woman described her to NPR last year in February. She said she had checked in with the immigration and customs enforcement agency (ICE) at her request. Money has been tight – she’s not allowed to work – her son was bullied because of his lack of English, so he dropped out.
On the day of the hearing, the asylum seeker appeared on time – but in the wrong court. The hearing was scheduled to meet with her ICE officials on the same day in different buildings. When she found the right court, the judge assigned to her case had decided that she was not in court and issued an eviction order for her and her son.
She asked the judge to hear her case later in the day. The judge said no. Asylum-seekers were brought forward 30 days in advance to rehear the case, but she had no lawyers and, of course, no money to hire.
She worried about her chances of trial, and for good reason: according to the public law guidance of immigrant rights lawyers, Judy London asylum seekers if there is one legal adviser, likely to win asylum in five times. The project.
Since that interview, Nexus Services, a public-service company that provides legal Services to immigrants, has adopted her case. They submitted the necessary documents for the resubmitted motion, and now she will be in court, and the judge will reconsider her and her son’s asylum.
In the immigration court, people cannot be lawyers because they are in criminal court. “I think it’s unconstitutional,” said Mike Donovan, chief executive of Nexus Services. “When you are charged with a crime that may lead to a loss of freedom, the lawyer’s constitutional right will be involved.”
Donovan said the immigration court’s solution to the problem was to define detention as civil rather than criminal.
“The only difference between a citizen’s prison and a criminal prison is the use of the word ‘citizen’ to justify insulting human rights, denying their lawyers,” he said. “The fact is, most people can’t [get asylum in court] without an agent.”
The attorney general, Jeff sessions, has been using his power to revise laws about who is eligible for asylum, and to accept court hearings to cut into the backlog of immigration cases. One reason, he says, is that many immigrants failed to attend the hearing. In 2016, the absence of deportation orders increased by 700 per cent compared with 2009, when “credible fears” began.
Donovan on the day of the hearing was held in different places of the asylum seekers law conference for many times, he said: “the government why not let people to return to court because we are talking about personal now.”
Donovan said, not because the backlog of fraudulent asylum claims, but because of many immigrants were forced to continue in the absence of a lawyer to handle their case – lead to errors in their paperwork.
“It’s a very chaotic system, and you know, if you get a little confused, sometimes people give up,” he said. “We have to understand that if we don’t help people through it, our broken immigration system will only become more broken.”

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