(FeaturedNews.com) – Heads of asylum-seeking families are going to be allowed expanded curfews while waiting for their first screenings following their entry into the U.S. according to officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The curfews were first implemented in four cities in May that opted to implement them following the end of pandemic asylum restrictions. On Friday, the curfew is going to be expanded to 13 locations, including Boston, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco. Other cities like Houston and New Orleans had curfews since July 28.
The curfews are set to last from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. and are an alternative to the migrants being detained as they allow for a GPS ankle monitor to be used for tracking the asylum-seekers. This monitoring period lasts until they are scheduled to have their initial screening and an outcome following the screening is reached. Those asylum seekers who are successful at the screening are usually allowed to continue without curfew as they wait for their asylum case to be trialed in court.
Those who fail to pass through the initial screening are ordered to be removed.
ICE has named the curfews the Family Expedited Removal Management (FERM) and it is likely that by the end of September, they are going to reach 40 cities. An official has also stated that as the program expands the number of families benefiting from it is also going to grow. They further noted that the program which originally started in four cities was allowing for the removal of non-eligible asylum-seekers without ever forcing them to be detained.
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