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San Diego border sector sees big increase in family apprehensions

When a person comes to the U.S. border seeking things such as asylum, they aren’t always coming alone. Sometimes, they come with family members.

Recent statistics point to the San Diego border sector seeing a fair number of families from other countries coming to it. The statistics are on family unit apprehensions from this sector in the first quarter of the 2017 fiscal year. Such apprehensions are border apprehensions in which the individuals involved are with family members.

According to these statistics, the San Diego border sector saw a 246 percent increase in such apprehensions in fiscal year 2017’s first quarter as compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year.

Such apprehensions can end up going many different ways for a family. Some result in a family ultimately being turned away. Others result in a family ultimately being granted asylum. Such apprehensions can also vary greatly in how long a family is held. Sometimes, a family is only held for a little while. Other times, the detention period ends up extending out for a fairly long time.

How such apprehensions end up going can be affected by many things, including what legal steps and actions an apprehended family takes.

The high number of family apprehensions in the San Diego border sector lately appears to be raising some additional concerns and issues when it comes to detention matters. Among the concerns some U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have raised are concerns about the abilities of the sector’s detention centers to handle some of the issues unique to families and to accommodate the high volume of apprehensions.

As this illustrates, a lot of different significant legal issues can come up for families who have come to the U.S. border here in California in pursuit of things such as asylum, including special issues related to immigration detention. These issues and how they are dealt with can have all kinds of significant ramifications for a family. So, when it comes to such issues, an asylum-seeking family may want a skilled attorney’s help in navigating them.

Sources: KNBC, “Family Apprehensions at Border Up Nearly 300 Percent: CBP,” Rafael Avitabile, Feb. 5, 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, “U.S. Border Patrol Southwest Border Apprehensions by Sector,” Jan. 18, 2017

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