Family Separation: A second chance for asylum
Some immigrant parents separated from their children will get a second interview to apply for asylum in the United States thanks to a legal agreement between their lawyers and the Trump administration.
In the midst of the disaster and administrative chaos created by the separation of immigrant families detained at the border, there is a small glimmer of hope.
A conciliation agreement introduced on Wednesday will give a second chance to some parents who failed to pass the asylum interview when they were separated from their children at the border after trying to enter the country without documents.
According to Politico, "parents who failed an initial interview to determine whether they had 'credible fear' to return to their home country, but who remain in the United States would be granted a new interview under the new agreement."
Sirine Shebaya, a senior staff attorney for Muslim Advocates, explained to the media that many of the parents were "so traumatized" by being separated from their children that "they actually couldn’t remember what had happened at the end of their interview."
Although the government did not agree to bring deported parents back to the U.S., the cases could be studied one by one thanks to the agreement.
"The settlement agreement would address the process to provide asylum seekers with a chance to seek the benefit (of a second interview)," Politico explains. "If either a parent or child passes the credible fear interview, the family would not be subject to immediate removal."
Sirine has estimated that around 1,000 parents could get a second chance thanks to this agreement.