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Congolese woman released from immigration detention center

Immigrants in New Jersey may relate to an ongoing, troubling situation in another state involving a woman who is struggling to overcome problems associated with her recent detainment. The immigration situation made headline news when the woman, who is said to have fled to the United States alongside her 7-year-old daughter, was taken into custody and separated from her child. Her circumstances recently changed when immigration officials responded to a public outcry for her release.

When the woman arrived in this country, she requested asylum, saying she feared for her life in her country of origin. The child was reportedly taken from her mother several days later. A lawsuit filed on behalf of the woman states that the child could be heard pleading for guards to allow her to stay with her mother.

Since that time, the woman and her daughter have been separated and not permitted to see each other. In fact, they remain thousands of miles apart at this time. In a sudden change of events, however, the Department of Homeland Security announced that orders were given to secure the woman's release.

The lawsuit filed on the woman's behalf remains active at this time, and it remains to be seen what will happen with her asylum request. Immigration advocates who have rallied in support of the young mother and her child are hoping her recent release is a precursor to reunion with her daughter. Any New Jersey immigrant currently facing similar legal status problems can seek support by requesting a meeting with an attorney experienced in immigration law.

Source: wsbtv.com, "Mother separated from child in immigrant detention released", March 6, 2018

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