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Separating parents and children could violate their rights

On Behalf of | May 17, 2018 | Asylum

As a general rule, federal laws take steps to keep parents and children together whenever possible. However, this is not always the case when it comes to those who are seeking asylum in Florida or elsewhere in the United States. According to Amnesty International USA, authorities within the country should stop separating parents from children during this process. Failure to do so would be a violation of human rights in the group’s opinion.

By the time an individual has arrived at the United States border, both adults and children may have experienced violence or persecution in their home country. Furthermore, it is likely that they have experienced a tough journey simply to get to the border. Therefore, Amnesty International says that separating family members only adds to their stress. It could also be a violation of an obligation to help refugees that the United States has under international law.

At the American border, people could be detained and held in custody for long periods of time. This can have an impact on their mental health as well as have an impact on whether or not they can even file a claim.

Those who are applying for asylum may face a variety of obstacles in doing so. An attorney may be able to explain the process of applying for asylum and why an individual is being held in detention. Legal counsel may also be beneficial for those who don’t speak English or otherwise have issues communicating. As a general rule, simply having an attorney may increase the chances that a person obtains a favorable outcome.