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Practice of Detaining Immigrant Families in Detention Centers Ends

Undocumented immigrants residing in the United States face the very real possibility of being deported once they are found by immigration authorities. Every year, hordes of immigrants come to the United States in the hopes of fleeing some form of persecution or severe poverty from their countries of origin. If caught, these immigrants are placed under removal proceedings. If an immigrant is able to prove that he faces the possibility of persecution upon being deported back to his country, then the removal proceedings may be suspended. One of the controversial practices that President Obama’s administration has implemented is to detain immigrant mothers and their children who are going through removal proceedings. Recent developments have turned the tide in favor of immigrants who may be caught in this exact circumstance.

The Obama administration has formally announced its decision to abandon the practice of detaining immigrant mothers and their children. There are a number of reasons that may have influenced this decision. One possibility is the issue surrounding cost. Each immigrant family that is detained by authorities can result in costs that go all the way up to $342 a day. Authorities in the U.S. Homeland Security agency have stated that this cost prohibitive practice is an egregious waste of state resources.

The amount of controversy that the practice has attracted may also have influenced the decision to curtail it completely. Several cases involving the suicide attempts of immigrants who were held in immigrant detention facilities have attracted the ire of the supporters of the immigration cause. Currently there are three active detention centers in the United States. The family detention centers operate out of Berks County, Pa., and Karnes City and Dilly, Texas. While the practice of detaining immigrant families has been suspended indefinitely, the detention centers will not be shuttered. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has stated that the detention centers will remain open.

Secretary Johnson has outlined in detail Homeland Security’s plan to release the detained immigrant families. Johnson states that detained immigrants will be released through set bonds if they are able to establish a plausible fear of persecution should they be deported to their home countries. The bonds will be determined based on the family’s financial standing.

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.

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