In recent weeks, immigration attorney Stephanie Delia has become all too familiar with the asylum claims of Haitians who recently crossed the border into the United States.
Out of at least a half-dozen consultations that she has handled, Delia said she has referred asylum seekers to pro-bono attorneys. Initially, clients tell her of the poverty and gang violence that caused them to leave Haiti. But it often takes more probing for asylum seekers to open up about their political fears.
For one, many do not realize that the people behind the violence they fled years prior are the same groups that have joined gangs and become actors in the country’s political chaos.
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