Judge To Hear Case Of Afghan Family Detained Despite Their Visas

Posted March 07, 2017

A federal court hearing is scheduled Monday in the case of an Afghan family detained last week at LAX even though they had been issued entry visas because the head of the family had worked for the us government in Afghanistan.

The couple and their children were granted Special Immigrant Visas in return for work the father performed for the US government in Afghanistan that put the family's lives at risk, the International Refugee Assistance Project said in its court filing seeking their release.

The petition argues that the father worked for the US government in Afghanistan and was able to obtain special immigrant visas along with his family after years of intense vetting.

A request for an emergency restraining order was then filed and immediately approved by a federal judge to keep the family in southern California.

Attorneys representing the family say they have no idea why the government is holding the family and under what justification.

The visas require extreme vetting to get, ' said Talia Inlender, a lawyer with Public Counsel who is part of the family's defense team.

They had Special Immigrant Visas, which were granted for life-risking work done for the United States military.

She further added that the detention of the family "shocks the conscience".

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Though kids and his lovely wife - aged six years, seven years and eight months - were taken into a similar facility in La, they were afterwards transferred into a resort, she said. Inlender believes the mother and three children are still at LAX under the custody of U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement.

The mother, according to attorneys, can't read, write or speak English.

"It's been quite a dramatic day", Inlender said.

"The mother can not read or speak English and her children are aged 7 years, 6 years, and 8 months old", according to the order.

A federal court hearing will be held Monday for an Afghan family detained last week at LAX, despite having been issued entry visas because the head of the family had worked for the US government in Afghanistan.

"I was one of the first attorney's on the ground at LAX when that order came up", Inlender told the Times.

"The past 24 hours has been reminiscent of those moments; the stonewalling and not being allowed access to clients", she said.

The January 27 order caused chaos at airports around the world in the following days as visa holders heading to the United States were pulled off planes or turned around on arrival at USA airports. In response to the court decision President Trump has said he plans to release a new executive order, possibly as early as Monday, that would thoroughly vet travelers while addressing safety concerns.