How to make an asylum-seeker request her own deportation

How to make an asylum-seeker request her own deportation

[Ed. – This is beyond cruel. The article doesn’t elaborate on the circumstances under which ICE ‘took away’ this woman’s insulin, but as presented the action sounds criminal.]

As undocumented immigrants contend with a new directive from the upper echelons of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that calls for the apprehension of all immigrants without proper paperwork — not just those with criminal records — one detainee is hoping simply to stay alive as her case winds its way through the U.S. immigration system.

Brenda Menjivar Guardado, a 21-year-old El Salvadoran national, asked a federal immigration judge to deport her last month. She doesn’t actually want to go back to El Salvador, according to her attorney. In fact, when she was initially detained in May of this year by Customs and Border Protection, she requested asylum.

But Guardado’s priorities changed when Immigration and Customs Enforcement took away the insulin she’d been using to treat her type-1 diabetes. As her blood glucose skyrocketed, the U.S. suddenly became a more dangerous place than the country she fled.

“Brenda is convinced she’s going to die,” Whitney Drake, her attorney, told me last week. “She’s terrified.”

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