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Detained Asylum Seeker Fears Deportation After SCOTUS Ruling

HeadlineApr 21, 2017
Berks county residential center photo

In more immigration news, a mother detained more than 500 days with her 4-year-old son is speaking out after the Supreme Court ruled this week she has no right for a judge to review her pending deportation to Honduras. She is one of two dozen families represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. On Monday, the court ruled the executive branch is the sole judge in cases like hers that are fast-tracked through a process called “expedited removal”—or when an immigration agent can decide if someone has “credible fear” of persecution based on a single interview. The woman spoke to Rewire in an exclusive interview from the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania.

“Lorena”: “I feel very afraid. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep at night if I’m forced to return to Honduras. I’m a single mother, and we are especially vulnerable.”

The murder rate in Honduras is 10 times the global average.

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