For years, the U.S. has selflessly allowed migrants seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution to enter the country. The U.S. has given many migrants, including small children, a safe place to stay rather than have them return home to dangerous territory. But with immigration reform at the top of the government’s agenda as well as the COVID-19 virus threatening the country, the U.S. is no longer allowing everyone in need of protection the opportunity to get it.
In a recent publication, the Texas Tribune reported that government officials are now being accused of “rushing deportations of some of the most vulnerable migrant children in its care to countries where they have been raped, beaten, or had a parent killed.” In fact, the source recently cited that immigration authorities are in the process of deporting two migrant girls, ages eight and 11, who recently entered the U.S. seeking asylum.
The two girls were said to have been staying in a room with their father in a dangerous Mexican city that borders Texas. They fled their home after receiving “death threats from local gang members and no help from police.” In March, the girls’ father didn’t return from his construction job and the children went to a neighbor for help. The neighbor took them to the international bridge and informed them that they should “present themselves to U.S. immigration authorities who should reunite them with their mother” who was living in Houston.
Rather than reunite the children with their mother, government officials placed them in a foster care through a federal shelter for two months, reports the source.
Then, in mid-May, officials informed the girls’ caseworkers that they planned on deporting them to El Salvador “where they have no place to go and fear the gang members who vowed to kill the family.” Thankfully, at the last minute, the girls were released to their mother after an emergency federal appeal of their deportation was filed.
These aren’t the only vulnerable children facing deportation in the midst of a global crisis.
Sadly, the source says that “federal authorities have stalled the release of migrant children in the U.S. to relatives in some cases and in late-night moves are attempting to deport them with scant notice to their attorneys.” With that said, if you or someone you know is facing deportation or needs help applying for asylum, it is imperative that you contact the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen to speak with a Texas immigration attorney as soon as possible. A Texas immigration lawyer may be able to help you dodge deportation and make your stay in the U.S. a more permanent one.
You can reach the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen at:
310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100
San Antonio, Texas 78205