Immigration lawyers and advocates have been reporting anecdotal stories over the past few months of asylum-seeking families fleeing from Mexico and Central America, only to be turned away by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents working along the border that stretches from California to Texas. Even the mainstream press is beginning to address these concerns, as shown by a recent front-page Washington Post article. Evidence uncovered by advocates and the media show that CBP agents routinely advised these immigrants that they had no legal right to seek asylum, that they needed to have visas to enter the country, that they must first request permission from Mexican government officials, and that there was no room for them in the United States. In response to these troubling reports, a coalition of immigrants’ rights groups, including the American Immigration Council, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, has filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as with the Office of the Inspector General, another DHS oversight office. This complaint alleges the disturbing practices of CBP agents, who appear to be flagrantly violating the law, and urges these oversight departments to immediately investigate these allegations of misconduct. It also points out the legal responsibility of the United States to allow noncitizens who present themselves at the border or a point of entry to apply for asylum and other forms of humanitarian protection. The Women’s Refugee Commission, along with the same coalition of organizations, also has requested a formal hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The skilled and knowledgeable immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. are here to defend you against removal from the country, no matter what the grounds for your potential removal may be. We handle these types of cases on a regular basis and have valuable knowledge about how to best represent your interests, based on your individual circumstances. By contacting our office right away, you will place yourself in the best position possible to defend yourself again potential removal from the country that you call home. Don’t risk being separated from your family. Call us today.