Skip to comments.ACLU sues over delays for immigrants seeking U.S. protection
Posted on 04/17/2014 3:47:15 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
Thousands of immigrants seeking protection in the United States have spent months in detention waiting for the government to determine whether they may have legitimate cases, even though regulations say they should receive a determination within 10 days, according to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday by the ACLU and other groups.
The lawsuit accuses the government of violating the law and says tens of millions of taxpayer dollars have been needlessly spent on detention.
Claire Nicholson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said she could not comment on pending litigation.
The case, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, pertains to a subset of immigrants who illegally reentered the United States after previously being deported and who now face deportation again.
Repeat immigration offenders are ineligible for hearings before an immigration judge because of the outcome of their prior cases.
But those who claim they have a fear of persecution or torture if they return to their home countries are guaranteed a hearing with an asylum officer. Government regulations say that within 10 days claimants must receive what is known as a reasonable fear determination," which dictates whether they can proceed with a hearing on their application for protection.
The lawsuit filed Thursday alleges the government violated this law in thousands of cases, with individuals waiting in detention for a determination for many months and occasionally more than a year.
One of them is Marco Antonio Alfaro Garcia, a native of El Salvador who was deported at the border while trying to cross into the United States in 2005. He tried again two years later and has lived in the Los Angeles area ever since. He has three American-born children with his partner, who is a U.S. citizen.
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Garcia told the officials that he feared returning because he had been beaten multiple times by police and fears retaliation from a criminal group for providing information to prosecutors....Deported ,but came back, found a woman to live with has 3 kids,gets arrested for drunk driving, but claims police from 2005 are still waiting around on him .The police beat him and he at some point trusts the police enough to provide information to prosecutors..How believable is that ??His partner, Yeni Gomez, 34, gave birth to their third son while Garcia was in detention. She said she had been selling pupusas on the sidewalk to pay rent...how much money are the tax payers kicking in ???
Ahh. At last, a group that is granted “standing” to sue over non-enforcement of Federal law.
Maybe Cliven Bundy should apply to the US for protection from the US Bureau of Land Management and the Bureaus armed goons (and Harry Reid)
Here’s another “sue and settle” deal coming through.
OK - you all go home.
There are so many contradictions/hypocrisies in this article I’m having fantasies confronting a public official to make the same and defend such remarks under inquisition.
I awoke today to Idiocracy.