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Afghani translator for US Military and family detained by ICE

An Afghani man who served the US military as an interpreter, and his family, all of whom had Visas to enter the country have been detained for two days by immigration officials. The family was allowed to enter the US, but was then placed in detention. ICE officials had planned to fly the woman and 3 children ages 7, 6, and 8 months to Texas, presumably to a family detention centre there, but were stopped by an emergency court injunction.

As it stands, the man is in an Orange County men’s immigration detention centre, while the wife and children are in a family detention centre in Los Angeles.

This is different than what happened under Trump’s executive order, where people where denied entry and detained. This family was permitted to enter, and then held. From the article:

I’ve never, ever heard of this happening,” said Becca Heller, the director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, or IRAP, which filed the petition. “They go through so many layers of security clearance, including one right before they get on the plane.”


IRAP has petitioned the court to release the family, and the case is set to be heard on Monday.


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