Sunday, April 29, 2018

U.S. Immigration Lawyers Guide Caravan’s Sunday Pitch for Asylum

The migrant ‘caravan’ is scheduled to make their border-wall requests for asylum starting on Sunday, setting up a test between the pro-migration groups and President Donald Trump’s pro-Americans policies.
The activists’ U.S. immigration lawyers are training the roughly 350 caravan migrants how to get asylum in the United States, likely starting on Sunday, while Trump’s immigration deputies have announced plans to deny asylum to migrants who did not seek asylum in Mexico.
The U.S. migration group excluded reporters from the legal training sessions, said the Associated Press.
AP Photo/Hans-Maximo Musielik
About 20 volunteer U.S. lawyers gave legal workshops Friday just across the border in Mexico to Central American asylum seekers who traveled in a “caravan” that has been harshly criticized by President Donald Trump.
Journalists were not allowed inside the sessions for about 300 migrants that took place at a civic group’s office, at Tijuana’s largest migrant shelter and at an art gallery in a building that once housed a cross-border tunnel used to smuggle drugs into San Diego.
The lawyers gave information about the U.S. asylum process while the children of the mostly female migrants played. The migrants were warned they could face long periods of separation from their children and lengthy detention if they are allowed to stay in the U.S. by increasingly charging asylum seekers with illegal entry.
The group’s routine advice to migrants is to claim a “credible fear” of persecution if they are sent home. If deemed credible by a border officer and then by an immigration judge, federal law requires they be allowed to file a formal request for asylum.
Read the rest from Neil Munro HERE.

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