Illegal immigration into the United States has been in existence since a border was set in 1845 with the annexation of Texas by President James K. Polk.
Recently, amid a surge of undocumented immigrants looking to cross into U.S. soil illegally in search of asylum and freedom the federal government has begun to catch and release thousands of individuals under their own recognizance something not done since 2014.
In Eagle Pass, hundreds of migrants are being dropped off by United States Border Patrol in the downtown area with a set of documents and a promise to appear before the Federal Courts once they are called upon.
This is occurring due to a saturation of the Federal Detention Centers that are filled beyond capacity.
We recently spoke to an adult female from Honduras who was detained along with her two children and husband on April 1, 2019, and released into the U.S. population the following day.
Yulissa stated that she had been released after being in custody for only a few hours and given orders under removal proceeding section 240 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to appear for a court date, although a court date was not established in the paperwork she possessed.
“ I understand that there is a process. We made the decision to run from our home because of the dangers we face each day. My husband was severely beaten by the Maras within an inch of his life. He lost his hearing from the beating he received. We cannot return to our country. I’m afraid for our lives,” said Yulissa.
Yullisa added that she hopes to seek asylum once they are brought in front of an immigration judge.“We can’t go back. They will kill us.”
“I understand we came into the country illegally, but we are doing this for our children and hope that the U.S. Government has mercy on us as many others that are running from the same or worse situations,” added Yullissa while fighting back tears.” I do want to thank the President for allowing us to stay here while our issue is resolved and hope that we are granted asylum. Our lives depend on it.”
Yullisa like many others who have come into the United States have been set free into the country with only a few pieces of legal documents that could ultimately determine their fate, of either being deported back to their country or allow them to seek asylum through establishing credible fear and go through the process which has been established since 1951.