It has become more difficult than ever to be granted asylum. However, it is still possible. With hard work and the right attorney, permanent resident status may still be a realistic possibility based on your fear of returning to your native country.
Recent court decisions and new policies enacted by the Trump administration have made it much more difficult for victims of persecution by non-governmental actors to win asylum in the United States. Victories are still possible though, with the right facts and competent, zealous representation.
A client of Reeves Immigration Law Group, who we will refer to as “Luisa” to protect her identity, fled to the U.S. from Mexico after her husband and teenage son were murdered by a violent criminal gang. The gang had been threatening Luisa’s family for years due to their refusal to pay protection quotas for family-owned property.
Luisa made the decision to come to the U.S. just a few days after the murders of her family members. She arrived at the United States’ southern border and was immediately separated from her U.S. citizen children. The children were released into the custody of family members in the U.S., but Luisa was detained and was held in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Unfortunately, Luisa was held in the Adelanto Detention Facility for nearly five months while fighting her asylum claim in immigration court. Detention is psychologically difficult under the best of circumstances, and it was a great test of Luisa’s character to be separated from everyone she loved during the most intense phase of her grief. It was especially difficult for Luisa because she knew that her children desperately needed her help dealing with the sudden deaths of their father and brother.
Everyone at Reeves Immigration Law Group showed immense compassion to Luisa’s entire family. They worked hard to meet deadlines and prove that Luisa’s case met all the most stringent requirements for a grant of asylum. This included successfully establishing that the authorities in Mexico were unable or unwilling to protect Luisa because police had ignored previous attacks on the family and actively demonstrated their own fear of the gang.
Luisa’s application for asylum was granted and she is now lawfully permitted to live in the United States. Although Luisa surely felt isolated during her detention, she was not truly alone. Her family in the U.S. helped support her and her children along the way, and her legal team at Reeves Immigration Law Group never gave up on her case. Now Luisa is free at last, reunited with her children and beginning her new life in America.