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“While the administration is saying people should come here legally and follow a legal process, it’s making it impossible to do so. The members of the Central American caravan have been trying to follow a legal process… …they’ve been denied access to any U.S. official.”
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Olga Byrne, International Rescue Committee director of immigration, US Programs:
While the administration is saying people should come here legally and follow a legal process, it’s making it impossible to do so. The members of the Central American caravan have been trying to follow a legal process. Many of them have arrived in Tijuana, but they have been denied access to any U.S. official.
It’s legal to seek asylum. Under U.S. immigration law, to seek asylum and follow the legal process, you have to show up at the border or be in the United States. It doesn’t matter how you enter the country: If you’re in the U.S. or you arrive at a port of entry you can seek asylum. There’s no way to ask for a visa or any type of authorization in advance, you just have to show up.
Central America is one of the most dangerous regions in the world right now. El Salvador has one of the highest murder rates outside of an active war zone. And to many people living there it feels like a war zone. And many of them see the U.S. as a beacon of safety, as a place where they can seek protection, and they want to follow the legal process to do so.
If you’re living in a place where your child is being threatened by gangs, maybe you own a business and you’re being extorted and told that since you can’t pay that amount they’re going to take your daughter away from you. You would take your child with you. For many of these families it’s simply too dangerous to leave their child behind and go on their own.
So currently the majority of families and individuals who arrived in the caravan are stranded in Mexico. They haven’t been given access to U.S. ports of entry or U.S. officials and they’re just waiting. That means they’re living in squalid conditions, sometimes in stadiums like in Tijuana. In other parts along the border they’re sleeping on the streets. So they’re exposed to the elements, their kids are getting sick, or in some cases they’re exposed to xenophobic attacks or even assault by criminal gangs in Mexico.
Well, the Mexican government has been making efforts to strengthen and expand its asylum system. But they’re not there yet. And in the meantime the U.S. has a robust protection system that’s existed since World War II. The U.S. has to provide protection to asylum seekers and to follow U.S. immigration laws. Sending people back to where they’ll be harmed is just going to add to the insecurity there.
A common way people are injured on a daily basis is what we normally call a slip and fall. A slip and fall can occur in many different ways- it can be at a supermarket, on a side walk, at an apartment complex. All of those present different issues, complicated issues especially in states such as Maryland, that has been very restrictive in the past as far as how their law applies to slip and fall. Many attorneys are very reluctant to take slip and fall cases that have resulted in injury because in many ways they consider that Maryland has essentially said there is no more slip and fall cases to be heard. That it is really up to the pedestrian to make sure that they are safe on the road and they should see the problems in front of them. We have had a significant amount of success in looking closely in each individual case and we take each individual case very carefully. And the reason being is that there are mistakes; many times our clients simply could not have known about a hazard. Because of the nature of these and the types of defendants that are existing it’s important to have the ability to head to head with very well funded Law firms. The right experts, the right background , the investigation can make all the difference in the world. At Portner & Shure, P.A. that’s exactly what our experience is showing to do. We provide the right background, the right research, the right experts, and as a result we’ve been able to successfully represent plaintiffs in numerous cases involving slip and fall cases and fortunately substantial recoveries for our clients.
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