LOUISVILLE, Kentucky. The Washington Post reports that Jeff Sessions recently claimed that immigration lawyers may be “encouraging otherwise unlawfully present clients to make false claims of asylum providing them with the magic words needed to trigger the credible fear process.” Immigrants should never lie to immigration officers and no credible immigration lawyer would encourage a client to lie during the asylum process. Sessions’ language is dangerous because it casts doubt on individuals who face genuine credible fear, who truly face torture, endangerment, and other repercussions if they are returned to their countries of origin.

If an individual is detained while crossing the border, and claims that he or she would face torture or persecution if returned to his or her country of origin, immigration officers are required to investigate the claim. A person won’t be deported until the case is brought before a judge. And, in some cases, judges provide asylum. In 2016, there were 94,000 credible fear cases. Sessions claims that the credible fear cases are rising due to fraud, when the more likely reason are the human rights violations in South and Central America. In fact, most people who cite credible fear are individuals who have never even spoken to an immigration lawyer.

In fact, the information on how to undergo a credible fear interview upon entering the U.S. is published on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. This information is readily available. Individuals are eligible for asylum if they fear returning to their country or if they have been persecuted due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a social group. Individuals who are assessed at the border and who are found to have credible fear will not be removed until their case is heard by a judge.

If you have faced persecution in your home country, are worried that you may be tortured if you return home, or if you come from a country where members of your social, racial, religious, or national group are persecuted, you have the right to express your fears to an immigration officer. If you are seeking asylum, you may want to speak to the O’Brien Law Group, qualified immigration lawyer in Louisville, Kentucky. Our firm will take the time to understand your situation, your reasons for leaving or fleeing your home country, and will help you better understand the legal immigration options available to you. Still, seeking asylum can be a complex process. The O’Brien Law Group has worked with individuals from Mauritania, the Middle East, Central America, South Africa, El Salvador, Cuba, Liberia, Rwanda, China, and India who have sought asylum due to fear of torture or persecution in their home countries.

The process of seeking asylum is not easy. Individuals who seek lawyers often have honest stories about torture, fear, and human rights violations. The political discourse currently being used to reduce the credibility of these individuals puts partisan politics over human rights. If you are considering seeking asylum, visit http://robrienlaw.com/ to learn more.



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