Some sources say they are.
When an immigrant is seeking asylum in the U.S., they are asking for protection as they have suffered persecution or fear they will suffer persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or their political opinion. For decades, the U.S. has given individuals from other countries the opportunity to apply for asylum and plead their case. Once the case is reviewed, immigration officials then decide whether the person applying for asylum is eligible or not.
Unfortunately, it appears immigration officials at the U.S. border are no longer giving migrants the opportunity to explain their situation and decide whether they qualify to apply for asylum. Instead, they are being turned away and sent back to the dangerous place they came from. NPR says that a Salvadoran woman and her four-year-old daughter arrived at the U.S.- Mexico border in March just after the COVID-19 virus was declared a pandemic with a plan to request asylum. The two had left their home in El Salvador to get away from an abusive-ex-partner who happened to be the girl’s father.
The woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, says that when she arrived at the border in Texas, she was never given the opportunity to request asylum or even an interview. Instead, she says Border Patrol agents took her and her daughter back to Mexico. The woman says the officers “didn’t care what happened to [her] life.” All they were concerned with was that she had to go somewhere else outside of the U.S., whether it be Mexico or El Salvador.
NPR claims that since March, immigration officials have “turned away tens of thousands of migrants like this woman and her daughter.” In fact, the source says officials “carried out more than 105,000 rapid expulsions through the end of July, under a public health order that has closed the border to migrants during the coronavirus pandemic.” Although the government has had to impose certain rules and regulations to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, some believe immigration officials are using the pandemic as an excuse to limit the number of asylum seekers who enter the U.S.
If so, you are urged to contact the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen to speak with a Texas immigration attorney. Because the government has increased its efforts to keep immigrants out of the U.S., it might be a bit of a challenge for your friend or relative to obtain the immigration benefits they need. However, when they choose to retain a skilled Texas immigration lawyer who can help them, they stand a better chance of obtaining the benefits they need to live and/or work in the U.S.
You can reach the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen at:
310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100
San Antonio, Texas 78205