South Carolina residents may be interested to know that on July 13 it was announced that the Obama administration began to release immigrant women and children who were in detention. The women and children were allowed to remain in the U.S. while they seek approval to remain in the country.
While Immigration and Customs Enforcement will not detain mothers and children unless there is a threat to security or public safety, the three detention centers will remain open. Mothers and children who were recently brought to the detention centers and those who were not cleared for release will remain at the center. Two of the three detention centers are located in Texas while the third is located in Pennsylvania.
Early in the Obama administration, detention was rarely used. In 2009, one facility was shut down after reports of abuse surfaced. In 2014, however, two new detention facilities opened after approximately 70,000 families from Central America were apprehended. The policy will most likely result in a decline in the numbers of those housed in detention centers, but the numbers could rise if more families are apprehended at the border.
Those who are facing removal or deportation could potentially be at risk of being removed from their family and their home. However, they are entitled to due process during the proceedings. An immigration attorney might assist a person who is in this position by challenging the removal arguments and put together a strong defense against any charges in order to help avoid the consequences of a removal.
Source: The Huffington Post, "ICE Begins Freeing More Mothers, Children From Immigrant Detention", Elise Foley, July 15, 2015