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79 Nepalese asylum seekers in US immigration prisons

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N24 Correspondent, LOS ANGELES:- 79 Nepalese who entered the United States illegally through the border of Mexico are in immigration prison.

Most of the Nepalese in US immigration prison are undocumented who were arrested while illegally entering the United States through the Mexican border.

Most of them have claimed asylum in the United States, but others have been deported after their claims were rejected.

The case of some of them has been rejected by the immigration court and is still pending in the Board of Immigration Appeals. Some have escaped deportation due to a lack of travel documents including passports.

According to ICE spokesman Daniel Bennett, there are currently 79 Nepalese in the immigrant prisons. The number of those who have been in immigration prisons for a year or more is also significant. Due to the Corona epidemic and the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration, the number of Nepalese coming to the border in the latter stages is very low. There are also notable Nepalese in immigration prisons in Georgia, Arizona, and Alabama.

Immigration attorney Khagendra GC says, “After the Trump administration ended its catch-and-release policy, the process of release under supervision stopped. Preparations to release a Nepali living in Nebraska under supervision in 2017 were in the final stages. But he was not released because of Trump’s policies. He was later deported by Ice and sent back to Nepal. ‘

After the Trump administration ended its catch-and-release policy in February 2017, those in immigration prisons were released until their asylum cases were settled.

Earlier, during the Obama administration, many Nepalese were released under the supervision of GPS or sponsors.

PS provided protection to those who arrived in the United States before June 24, 2015, and were in immigration prisons.

Even then, until January 2017, a large number of Nepalese in immigration prisons were released on bail and handed over to close relatives and sponsors.

But with the advent of the Trump administration, that trend is almost over. There is hope that Nepalese in immigration prisons will be released soon.

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