Gabby became a PAIFUP client through a referral from Asian Americans United (AAU). Gabby has been detained since April 2019 at York County Prison. She was apprehended when she entered the United States asking for asylum. She was deemed an “arriving alien” and was subject to mandatory detention until her case was complete. Unfortunately, she lost her immigration case and the appeal. After that, she decided to stop fighting.
ICE told her she would be deported, but months went by and nothing happened. After six months of waiting for her deportation, her PAIFUP attorney started looking into her case and pressuring ICE to release her. Gabby's attorney asked for a bond hearing to force the Government to make the case for why she still needed to be detained. Gabby's PAIFUP attorney, along with support from AAU, began preparing. The morning of her hearing, ICE contacted her PAIFUP attorney and they agreed to release Gabby to her family in New York. She will still have a deportation order, but will not have to be in detention while the Government tries unsuccessfully to deport her. Gabby is thrilled to be joining her cousins in New York and to be out of the facility that caused her significant emotional and physical hardship for nearly two years.
The client's name has been changed to protect anonymity.