Several undocumented immigrants attempt to enter the United States every year only to be caught by immigration authorities. More often than not, most of these cases are brought to detention facilities until they are deported back to their countries of origin. A considerable amount of these immigrants come from violent nations in Central America. They flee to the United States in the hope of escaping extreme poverty and violent backgrounds. Lilian Oliva Bardales was one of these immigrant cases. Bardales fled Honduras but was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities. Bardales was placed in a Texas detention center and was deported back to her country. The experiences of immigrants in a detention center can be unpleasant. Bardales’ case is one of them.
Bardales’ first attempt to enter the United States was in May 2014. At that time, Bardales tried to enter the U.S. on her own. She was deported immediately during her first attempt. A few months after her first attempt, Bardales attempted to enter the U.S. again. This time, she brought her son along with her. Bardales and her son attempted to cross the Rio Grande to enter Texas when they were apprehended by U.S Immigration authorities.
Bardales and her son were taken to a detention center for migrants in Texas. Initially, Bardales was optimistic about her case. Given the fact that she was fleeing from Honduras because of a violent ex-partner, Bardales thought that she stood a great chance of being granted asylum. The hope that Bardales had quickly dwindled as her stay in the detention center increased from days to months. After Bardales’ son turned 4 in the Texas detention center, Bardales’ disposition took a turn for the worst. On June 3, Bardales locked herself inside a bathroom and cut her wrist using her broken ID bracelet.
Officials in the detention center found Bardales bleeding on the bathroom floor. She was immediately separated from her son and forced to strip her clothes off. Bardales’ account of that event casts the authorities in an unfavorable light. Bardales asked the officials not to make her take her clothes off and not to separate her from her son. The authorities threatened to tear Bardales’ clothing off if she didn’t cooperate. After she was stripped, Bardales was placed in isolation and transferred to a hotel. Bardales was deported back to Honduras before she could obtain legal aid. Currently, she lives with relatives in Honduras, contemplating her next step.
Cases involving immigrants and detention require the knowledge of a capable team of lawyers. If you or someone you know needs legal counsel regarding immigration issues, please contact the immigration attorneys at Lyttle Law Firm in Austin, Texas by visiting our website or calling us today at 512-215-5225.