Fourteen transgender illegal aliens have been released from the Cibola County Detention Center in New Mexico after attorneys from the American Civil Liberties (ACLU) Massachusetts chapter got involved.
The transgender illegal aliens from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala crossed the U.S. border in a caravan back in May and had been custody, pending their plea that the intolerance of their home countries makes it unsafe for them to return, Masslive.com reports:
"According to the petitions organized by IPP, the women suffered harm because of their gender identity in their home country, and were found by federal immigration officials to be at serious risk of persecution if they were returned to their home country," the ACLU Massachusetts said in a statement."
Six transgender illegal aliens from the 20-transgender caravan remain in custody at the Cibola detention center and will make the case for their release later this week, Daily Hampshire Gazette reports. The 14 transgender illegal aliens who were freed are now living in homes as guests of New Mexico citizens.
The estimated 40-45 transgender asylum-seekers being detained in New Mexico are often housed “in a separate pod” by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE), according to KUNM.org, which obtained a statement of reassurance from ICE that the transgender detainees are cared for properly:
“Through an aggressive inspections program, ICE ensures its facilities follow the Performance Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS). ICE provides several levels of oversight to ensure that detainees in ICE custody reside in safe and secure environments and under appropriate conditions of confinement.”