12.16.09

Comment On U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement Parole Procedures For Asylum Seekers

“I have long questioned the policy of detaining asylum seekers who present genuine claims for protection under our laws.  Asylum seekers who express a fear of return to their country, and who can establish their identity and show that they are neither a flight risk nor a threat to the community, should be allowed to pursue a claim for relief in the United States free from custody.  Today’s announcement of new guidelines for release of asylum seekers overrides an unduly harsh policy implemented in 2007 by the Bush Administration and is a welcome step toward compliance with our obligations under the Refugee Convention.”  

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Earlier this week, Leahy commented on the decision to grant asylum to Ms. Rody Alvarado, who’s asylum case has been pending for 14 years.

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