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Immigrant family alleges unlawful conditions in detention

Refugee families face a number of serious obstacles as they flee persecution and other dangers in their homelands. One of the obstacles might well be the hostility of the U.S. government to their plight.

A Honduran woman and her 9-year-old son last week filed a lawsuit in a federal court not far from Staten Island, alleging that they were mistreated during their detainment after emigrating to the U.S. last year. The family seeks damages for harms they say they suffered because the federal government failed to carry out its duty to protect refugee immigrants with legitimate fears of persecution back home.

The pair filed their lawsuit in New Jersey.

They say they were detained in Texas facilities that were kept deliberately cold in order to discourage immigrants from pursuing attempts to stay in the U.S.

The woman said that as a critic of Honduras police who allegedly murdered her mother and stepfather, she was subject to threats and assaults. She, her partner and her son fled Honduras and crossed into Texas early last year, a newspaper reports.

Her partner (who is also her son's father), was detained in a separate facility. She and her son were kept apart from him for 8 months.

She was held for 128 days, when a judge ordered her and the boy released because it is likely that she faced persecution if returned home.

The road to permanent residence in the U.S. is a difficult one for immigrant families; especially arduous for those fleeing persecution in their countries of origin. A Staten Island immigration attorney will discuss with you your options and help you pursue the best among them.

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