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Those seeking asylum face long, difficult roads

Feeling trapped in a frightening situation can leave many people feeling out of options. As a result, they may decide to take drastic measures in hopes of getting themselves and their families to safety. For some individuals from other countries, seeking asylum in the United States may be a risky but hopeful effort to leave dangers behind them.

California readers may be interested in one family's difficulties as they seek asylum in the country. Reports stated that a woman had fled her native country of El Salvador with her three children after her family became the target of a violent gang. As a result, she and her children reached the border between the United States and Mexico before they were discovered and taken to a Border Patrol facility. At that time, the woman was separated from her children, which is becoming a more common event for immigrants detained by officials.

The children were separated from their mother for 21 days before their father was able to locate and call them with the help of an immigration attorney. They were finally reunited with their father after spending six weeks in a shelter for unaccompanied minors, but still, their mother was detained. The woman was eventually able to tell her story to immigration officials, and they determined that her fear was reasonable. Later, she was released from detention.

Stories like this woman's are not unusual, and even after release, a long road remains ahead for those hoping to obtain asylum. Because it can prove difficult and time-consuming, having the right help could allow individuals to feel more in control and at ease. Individuals in California looking to gain assistance may wish to contact experienced immigration law attorneys.

Source: msn.com, "'Where's Mommy?': A family fled death threats, only to face separation at the border.", Michael Miller and Jon Gerberg, March 19, 2018

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