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 (in general) 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. One of CASP’s tools will be a curriculum map, described here and viewable online here.