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Asylum seekers often released from custody without travel plans

Wanting to escape the threats and dangers of their native countries is a reason many individuals come to the United States. They hope to seek asylum and find homes in California and other parts of the country. Unfortunately, the process of finding protection is not easy, and often, immigrants find themselves in immensely difficult situations.

Though the presidential administration claims to have ended "catch-and-release" practices for asylum seekers who are detained, that is not the case for many cities along the southern border. In fact, due to limited detention space, many individuals and families are taken into custody and then released so quickly that they do not even have time to make arrangements for travel. As a result, they often end up in shelters run by volunteers.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents dropped hundreds of asylum seekers off at bus stops over the holiday season. Previously, ICE would make sure that the families had travel arrangements made before release, but that is now not the case due to limited space in detention centers. Numerous immigrants rely on volunteers and shelters to help them reach their intended destinations.

Though asylum in the United States may seem like the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel for many individuals who have faced fear and abuses in their home countries, they may still have a long way to go before they achieve their desired protections. Fortunately, immigrants can ensure that they take the proper legal steps by enlisting the help of immigration law attorneys. These legal professionals can help those in California with the journeys they have ahead.

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