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Critics of family detention continue to express concerns

Those who have immigrated or are attempted to immigrate to South Carolina may be interested to learn that, on May 27, 136 House Democrats requested that the Obama Administration end the detention of Central American families. In their letter to the Department of Homeland Security, they stated that the detention of mothers and their children was causing serious harm.

In many cases, it appears that families are detained in order to others from attempting to enter the country. Additionally, detainment usually involves the family being locked up in detainment facilities without the right to due process because the government wants to ensure that the individuals will show up for their court dates. However, a report has shown that between 2011 and 2013, 99 percent of the court hearings were attended by the defendants and 95 percent of the scheduled final removal hearings were attended.

This aggressive deterrence strategy was begun in 2014. Since February 2015, the movement to end detainment for mothers and children seeking asylum has gained momentum as the conditions of the detention centers and the lack of access to resources has become more noted.

In order for the DHS to proceed with a removal case, there must be a legal basis. The grounds for removal can include entering the U.S. illegally, overstaying a visa or conviction of a felony. Any individual who is facing deportation has the right to seek representation. An attorney may assist by providing a strong defense and mitigate any adverse effects the person or their family might suffer due to removal.

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