Pro Bono News
Asylum Seekers Sue ICE Over Prolonged Detention
Thursday, September 28, 2017
- Courthouse News Service
"WASHINGTON (CN) — Refugees from around the world who presented themselves at the border and passed their initial “credible fear” interviews sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week for putting them into prisons, where they have languished for as long as 20 months.
The five plaintiffs say they have been imprisoned without due process because of de facto policies meant to deter victims of persecution from seeking political asylum in the United States.
The five plaintiffs, whose average age is 28, come from Guatemala, Honduras, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Guinea. All are imprisoned in Texas, three at the Port Isabel Detention Center, one in Laredo and one in Pearsall. The oldest, Sadat Ibrahim, 31, of Ghana, has been imprisoned for 20 months..."