Lengthy detention policy for asylees, redux

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

On January 20, 2013, I wrote of of ICE’s de facto lengthy detention of asylum seekers. When an alien approaches the border and asks for asylum, the normal procedure is that he or she be arrested and detained until two things happen. First he or she must be interviewed by an asylum officer for a “credible fear interview.” If he or she passes this interview, then ICE will make a custody determination – evaluating documentation provided by the detainee about his or…

ICE returns to policy of lengthy detention of asylum seekers.

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

One of the first and one of the best thing s President Obama did when he first became President was to reverse the Bush-administration policy of detaining nearly all arriving-alien asylum seekers until their cases were adjudicated in the immigration court which I discussed here. His administration instead allowed Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release asylum-seeking aliens after they successfully completed a credible fear interview. As for  arriving aliens with families or who were pregnant, the government would most often…

Policy change allows for parole of asylum seekers

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

In this blog I have posted many articles about the horrid policy where arriving alien asylum seekers are not released from detention until they are granted asylum or related relief. I pointed out that Australia had such a system and abandoned it just as the United States implemented a “no release” policy. I compared this policy to the Sound of Music where if this policy were in effect in Switzerland, Maria Von Trapp would have been detained upon arrival in…