Aurora, Colorado 2021-07-31 08:00:08 –
More than 4 years later Shoeb Babu has been released He is still emotional when talking from the Federal Immigration Detention Center in Aurora about how the non-profit Casa de Pas made a difference in his new life.
Asylum-seekers fled their hometown of Bangladesh in 2014 and were detained by the Immigration and Customs Department for two years. Meanwhile, he met two volunteers from. Casa de Pass (This translates to the House of Peace), became like a family to him.
Casa de Pas provides assistance to asylum seekers, such as Bab and other migrants, especially after being released from detention. According to founder Sarah Jackson, the Aurora immigration detention center operated by the private prison company GEO Group has released more people than Casa de Pas normally sees over the past month. ..
NS Increasing number of immigrants According to Alethea Smock, a spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Department, more and more people have been released from the US-Mexico border facility at the Aurora facility since mid-April.
“ICE will make custody decisions on a case-by-case basis in accordance with US law and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy,” Smock said in writing. “The decision to detain or release an individual is based on the individual facts and circumstances of each case. The ICE is subject to National Security, Borders, in accordance with the Citizens’ Immigration Law Enforcement Priority Directed by the DHS on 20 January. Concentrate available resources on security and threats to public security. “
The Biden administration is also planning to speed up the case of asylum seekers. NPR reports..
According to Jackson, volunteers will meet 4 to 10 people a day on a regular basis in 2019 (decreased in 2020 due to a pandemic), consistently 20 per day in the last two weeks. It became more than a person. In June, Casa de Paz helped 45 people and surged to 178 in July.
“They are doing a great job,” said Bab, a permanent resident of the United States. “When you leave, you’re just helpless. You don’t know what to do or where to go. This is a good help for people, especially people like me.”
Bab was released on appeal in January 2017 and provided food, clothing and a temporary place for Casa de Pas volunteers to pick him up and stay for several days before contacting other organizations and mosques. .. Housing and work.
Seeking asylum is legal, but the process is complicated, and Jackson wasn’t surprised that nonprofits began to increase the number of people released in the aurora — other states also saw an increase in asylum seekers. She said she was. Most recently, Casa de Pas has seen an influx of immigrants from Brazil and Cuba released from ICE control.
As of July 7, Aurora’s ICE detention center 904 in custody, according to Report issued by the office of Democratic U.S. Congressman Jason Crow.. 1 month ago, number Was 661..
Casa de Pas has opened a one-bedroom apartment to families visiting loved ones who have been detained from outside the town, especially since Bab first connected with volunteers in 2016 and Jackson started the organization in 2012. It has been expanding since then.
A year later, she began accepting liberated immigrants. Casa de Pas moved to a large home in 2016 and now owns his own home and has three programs with volunteers nationwide.
Alejandra Portillos began volunteering last fall at Casa de Paz’s “Casa on Wheels,” which parks outside the ICE facility to support liberated migrants. She said the current increase in population is “quite dramatic.”
Portillos’ mother was an immigrant from Mexico, and some of her family lived in the United States for some time without writing. She has seen a family of friends detained for immigration issues and understands how much help people need after being released.
“If possible, we encourage you to sign up and volunteer,” Portillos said. Options that do not require direct contact, Includes donation requests. “There are many people in need of help now.”
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