Even as the Trump administration continues to seek significant restrictions on the current asylum program, a group of refugees from countries around the world have filed a lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for detaining them in immigrant detention centers for periods of 20 months or more. These individuals presented themselves at the American border seeking asylum, where they passed their initial “credible fear” interviews. The past policy of ICE has been to allow those refugees who meet certain criteria relating to “credible fear” of persecution to be released into the U.S. on parole, pending a full asylum hearing, so long as they did not represent a flight risk or a danger to the community. Although interviews with asylum officers resulted in findings of credible fear of persecution for these five individuals, ICE imprisoned them anyway, rather than granting them parole and releasing them into the U.S. The oldest of these individuals, a Ghana native has been detained for 20 months in a Texas detention facility. For instance, Aracely Rodriguez fled Guatemala with her eight-year-old daughter in 2016. While en route to the border in Northern Mexico, she was involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in serious injuries to her and fatal injuries to her daughter. After being released from the hospital, Rodriguez presented herself at the border, where immigration officials refused to process her. When she returned to the Mexican border, she immediately was kidnapped. Earlier this year, she again presented herself at the border, where immigration officials processed her for asylum and promised a credible fear interview. Nevertheless, seven months later, Rodriguez remains imprisoned, despite the fact that she entered the country legally and has no criminal history. Immigration officials denied her parole without ever granting her a credible fear interview. Legal representation is essential to fighting back against deportation charges brought by the federal government, as well as unnecessary and prolonged detention. The Oakland deportation defense attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. know how to help you through every step of your deportation proceedings, whether you seeking asylum or another form of relief available under immigration law. Take the first step today toward securing the future of your family in the United States, and call our office at (510) 756-4468 to set up a legal evaluation with one of our highly skilled California immigration lawyers.