Jewish Family Service & ACLU File Complaint After DHS Expels Newborn U.S. Citizen
July 10, 2020
On June 30, 2020, U.S. Border Patrol expelled to Mexico a two-day-old newborn U.S. citizen and his mother seeking asylum in San Diego. A couple days earlier, Border Patrol had separated the mother from the father and their other young son, who were also forced to return to Mexico. After expressing fear of returning, all were denied their right under U.S. law to non-refoulement interviews (also known as fear of return to Mexico interviews), which are required under U.S. law. The baby is now in Mexico with no legal status.
Jewish Family Service of San Diego and ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties have filed a joint complaint to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General. JFS also filed a parole request for the family to be granted entry into the U.S. while they await asylum proceedings.