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After Successfully Delaying the Deportations of Four Central American Families, Groups Demand Meeting with DHS Secretary Johnson

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 6, 2015
AILA and AIC CONTACTS:
George Tzamaras
202-507-7649
gtzamaras@aila.org
Wendy Feliz
202-812-2499
wfeliz@immcouncil.org

Washington, D.C. - Today, the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson criticizing DHS for conducting raids to arrest and remove asylum-seeking Central American families, and calling for a meeting to discuss how to guarantee due process and the necessary humanitarian protections for those families who fled extreme violence.

The letter states:

"We see no justification for DHS's use of these aggressive enforcement tactics on such a vulnerable population that risks sending families back to life-threatening conditions in their home countries. These actions are a waste of enforcement resources, raise serious concerns about violations of due process, and foment fear within immigrant communities. Recognizing that some families may be deported as early as today, we ask that you meet with us as soon as possible, preferably this week, to discuss how to guarantee due process and the necessary humanitarian protections for these families. We also ask that DHS provide more information regarding the raids and the apprehended families-the lack of transparency has made it extremely difficult to provide assistance to those affected." "Since 2014, DHS has used expedited removal and other rapid procedures against these Central American families that have undermined their meaningful opportunity to express fear and to seek asylum. Now DHS has employed heavy-handed raid tactics that impose even greater barriers to humanitarian relief. AILA and the Council have proposed more sensible and humane procedures to ensure compliance with immigration law while also protecting the rights of these families."

Press inquiries, please contact:
George Tzamaras, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 202-507-7649, gtzamaras@aila.org
Wendy Feliz, American Immigration Council, 202-507-7524, wfeliz@immcouncil.org

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 16010608.