Asylum seekers in the U.S. are:
- Displaced people fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries
- Requesting sanctuary individually, unlike refugees who are invited and resettled by the U.S. State Department
- From many different countries, but the families CASP will most likely invite are from Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador.
What happens to asylum seekers after they arrive in the U.S.?
- They are detained in locked facilities for an uncertain period.
- They are given a “credible fear interview” to determine if they have a reasonable claim to asylum.
- They may be released if they have relatives or friends somewhere in the U.S. to support them (or an organization such as CASP).
- On release, they will be scheduled for asylum hearings in immigration court.
- The process usually takes a few years, resulting in either asylum or deportation.
How does CASP help asylum seekers in this process?
- CASP finds host homes for asylum-seeking individuals and families who have no one else to take them in.
- CASP supports them with basic needs such as food, clothing, and transportation.
- CASP assists them in pursuing their asylum claims in immigration court.
- CASP helps them achieve eventual independence as they successfully resettle in our community.