Deportations in the Dark: Lack of Process and Information in the Removal of Mexican Migrants

Washington D.C. – Today, the American Immigration Council releases “Deportations in the Dark: Lack of Process and Information in the Removal of Mexican Migrants,” a special report that analyzes behavioral patterns of United States immigration authorities during the apprehension, custody, and removal of Mexican migrants.

Based on new survey data and testimonies collected by the Binational Defense and Advocacy Program, the study found that migrants are frequently deprived of legally required information, thwarted from contacting their consulates, compelled to sign documents they cannot read or understand, threatened with protracted detention, and blocked from applying for asylum and other legal claims.

“When migrants are in U.S. custody, access to relevant information and fair treatment are extremely important,” said Guillermo Cantor, Research Director of the American Immigration Council and co-author of the report. “When the authorities overstep their legal boundaries and deprive migrants of critical information or a fair process, migrants may be unjustly deported and also lose the ability to seek different forms of immigration relief to which they might be eligible.”

“This report reveals that from apprehension to expulsion, Mexican migrants suffer a host of violations, abuses, and ill treatment while in the custody of immigration authorities. These abuses are likely to worsen in the coming years as the new administration scales up immigration enforcement,” said Sara Campos, Independent Consultant specializing in immigration and refugee issues and co-author of the report.

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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