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Afghan family with visas released after days of detention

Afghan family with visas released after days of detention

us immigration officials detained the mother, father, and their three children - ages 8 months old and 6 and 7 years old - when they arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday.

Lawyers say the mother and father and their three children landed at LAX on Thursday for a connecting flight to Seattle, where they planned to resettle.

Each of the family's five members are recipients of Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) explicitly reserved for Afghans who helped the US mission in Afghanistan.

On Saturday, the International Refugee Project filed a petition in federal court and attorneys were then allowed to meet with the family. It argues that the family was approved for relocation after intense vetting because the father had been employed by the US government in Afghanistan.

U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton issued a temporary restraining order late Saturday banning the government from removing the family from California.

Robert C. Blume, one of the family's pro-bono attorneys, said Monday that none of what the USA government did in the case makes sense. "This is not the recruiting message we want to be sending". Homeland Security can interview them there to decide if they can legally stay in the U.S. There will be a hearing on April 5 in Seattle. The attorneys said the family is traumatized and confused because they had the necessary visas to enter the U.S.

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Officials declined to provide details regarding the activity, but said they would not classify the actions as a "raid". The Dept. of Justice tells Fox News agents also showed up to Caterpillar's East Peoria and Morton locations.

The petition, filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, south of Los Angeles, said the family was taken into custody, apparently without explanation, and "with absolutely no justification whatsoever". Inlender said the father worked as an interpreter for the United States. She said the father is at a detention center in Orange, California, while the mother and three children are being held in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to being detained, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has prevented attorneys from communicating with the family, according to the petition. "It would be if it were happing to anybody, but especially someone who spent years and years risking his life for the U.S".

His wife and children, aged seven years, six years and eight months, were reportedly taken to a similar facility but later moved to a hotel. On Saturday, U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton in Santa Ana barred a move by the government to separate the family by sending the children and their mother, who can not speak or read English, to Texas. "The balance of equities tip in their favor and the injunction is in the public interest", read the order.

The family's names have not been release.

Attorney Rob Blume says the father worked different jobs for the USA military in Afghanistan for more than a decade and was assaulted and shot during his time there.

Court documents on ICE detainees are usually not available for people facing deportation because of executive orders issued by President Donald Trump. In the meantime, why federal officials detained the family remains a mystery.


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