About two dozen men from Central America being held in a detention facility in Texas after they were separated from their children are being asked to sign voluntary deportation papers if they want to reunite with their kids, according to a report.
A 24-year-old detainee from Honduras told The Texas Tribune on Saturday that many of the about 25 men separated from their children and being housed at the IAH Polk County Secure Adult Detention Center outside Houston have been offered by federal officials to get their kids back in exchange for voluntary deportation.
The detention center is a privately-operated U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility for men.
The source, who was separated from his 6-year-old daughter after they illegally crossed the border in late May to seek asylum, said he signed the papers out of “desperation” and is yet to be reunited with her daughter.
“I was told I would not be deported without my daughter,” he was quoted as saying. “I signed it out of desperation… but the truth is I can’t go back to Honduras; I need help.”
He said he paid a smuggler $7,000 for the 10-day journey from his country to the United States, allegedly to flee violence by organized crime syndicates and gangs in Honduras.
A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would not confirm whether the allegations are true, telling The Texas Tribune the agency “cannot research vague allegations.”
Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy has resulted in the separation of immigrant families, as over 2,000 children have been taken from their parents who are being held in Border Patrol detention centers as their claims are being processed.
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Source: Christian Post