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Customs and Border Protection Claims Infants are Coming to the US for Work

In early spring 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) argued for deportation proceedings against a child who was only 11 days old, citing that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had claimed the infant was “looking for work.” A story that is similarly outlandish involves a 3-year old Honduran boy who was recently quoted in another CBP report to also be “looking for work.”

The absurdity of a toddler and an infant seeking employment in the United States has ties to immigration laws, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) argues. It is far easier and far more likely for an immigrant looking for work to be deported than those fleeing abusive or violent environments and seeking refuge or asylum.

The AILA believes that CBP agents are either ignoring the fear of injury many aliens have, or they are intentionally falsifying reports to make it seem like they only want employment. When these immigrants speak before a judge later and claim they seek asylum, the initial report can be referenced where there is no mention of their fears. If the reports are being misconstrued intentionally, the AILA believes it could indicate serious immigration rights violations by the DHS and CBP that need to be addressed.

As winners of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Award for Excellence, our Daytona Beach immigration attorneys at David F. Vedder, P.A. fully understand and appreciate the importance of defending the rights of the people who emigrate from their own counties in search of a brighter future here. If you are an immigrant and need to be protected from the unfair and unjust practices of the DHS or CBP, contact us as soon as possible.