It was one of the hardest decisions you ever made for you and your family. However, your future was perilous in your native country. You faced persecution each and every day. You were, therefore, determined to find a more peaceful existence. It was under a year ago that you were able to come to the United States as a visitor. Someone advised you to apply for asylum status. You figure that you have a good case. However, you are worried that you could be facing denial.
In recent weeks, there’s been a great deal of attention on those seeking asylum in the United States. Just yesterday, the news reported on the caravan of Central America migrants parked at the United States/Mexico border. Despite criticism from the top, a select number of women and children were permitted to come into the US based on their fear of returning home.
However, not all potential asylum applicants are stopped at the border. Some make it into the country by other means. In fact, requesting asylum may be a last-ditch effort to stay in the states. Meanwhile, the procedure is tedious and comes with lots of rules. And yes, it is a waiting game.
Asylum Seekers in Detention Centers
There is nothing simple about seeking asylum. For some, the process starts at the border, often referred to as a point of entry. However, undocumented immigrants living in the United States for less than a year may also seek asylum. Requests can’t be made in advance. You have to be here to make a case citing the dangers in your country of origin. Applications made from your homeland are for refugee status.
There are cases when asylum seekers wind up in detention centers. For starters, you may be picked up while trying to come into the United States illegally. You could also get arrested for something you did or did not do – and face confinement to a detention center.
The timeline for asylum applications is lengthy. In fact, it could be a six-month process and involves a ton of paperwork and appointments. In the end, you may figure it’s worth it. After all, the conditions in your country are beyond comprehension. Worse yet, if you are deported, you fear what could happen to you or your family.
You may already know that some asylum seekers have been picked up and detained amid protests from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). This is despite showings of credible asylum claims validated by government officials.
Meanwhile, there may be something you can do while you wait out the asylum hearing process. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to secure an immigration bond. The amount of the bond is based on a number of factors, including the perception that you might go into hiding and not show up for hearings.
Can we help? At Freedom Federal Bonding Agency, we are committed to assisting with procurement of immigration bonds. Let us work with you to make time in a detention center as little as possible. Contact us to learn more.