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Espaillat, Advocates Meet to Discuss Immigration Reform

Plus: Essex County jail transfers leave immigrants, families and legal teams in limbo, how to seek asylum in the U.S.

Deanna Garcia

Jul 03, 2021

Rep. Adriano Espaillat at an event in 2015.

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To finish off Immigrant Heritage Month, U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, FWD.us and New York community leaders and immigrants sat down to discuss immigrant communities’ contributions throughout New York and the need to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House and the only formerly undocumented immigrant in Congress. “I hold it as a personal responsibility to ensure that immigrants have the same opportunity to achieve that founding ideal like I did, and that’s keeping our immigrant communities front and center here in New York and in Washington,” he said. Norwood News and Harlem World Magazine

In other local immigration news…

Transfers from Essex County Jails Leaves Immigrants, Families and Legal Teams in Limbo

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On Tuesday, 30 Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees from Essex County Correctional Facility were discreetly transferred to unknown locations. Lenon Muñoz-Paredes was among those who were transferred far from his family, legal counsel and a place he called home for over two decades. According to his attorney and family, he was first transferred to a facility in Louisiana but will eventually be taken to a detention center in Nevada. These transfers began after New Jersey lawmakers passed a bill to bar new Immigration and Customs Enforcement contracts. Roughly two weeks ago, ICE said there were 109 detainees at Essex, and now there are only 76. Advocates said this was the largest group of immigrants from Essex to be transferred at once. Read more at Documented.

I-589: How to Seek Asylum in the United States

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This explanation is part of Documented’s Glossary to provide an understanding of the U.S. immigration system. Thousands of individuals flee persecution to seek asylum in the U.S. each year. It requires countries to protect those living within their borders and bars them from sending migrants back to their home country if they face threats there. Anyone who is evidently persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a social group and has been forced to flee their country is eligible to apply for asylum. The person seeking asylum must submit the I-589 Application for Asylum and for Withholding Removal within a year of arriving in the U.S. Read more at Documented.



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