Guatemalan Tossed Back and Forth Between Borders; No Explanation


It was a scary and uncertain time for Gilmer Barrios when he was arrested and deported out of the U.S. on March 28th. Not only wasn’t he given any explanation or a deportation order, but he was also moved to Mexico despite being a Guatemalan. It was suggested that his case was a perfect example of abusing a new order that allowed Border Protection services to shortcut immigration laws and immediately deport migrants, reports NBC News.

However, 28-year-old Barrios was moved back to the U.S. after 21 days. He was not warned about that sudden decision either: authorities simply called and informed him that they were expecting him at the border. He was then transported to an immigration checkpoint in California.

Gilmer Barrios’ attorneys believe that he should be allowed to out on bail, since he has an ongoing immigration case in the U.S. court. His spouse is a U.S. citizen and they have two children together.

Earlier José Barillas Trennert, the Guatemalan consul general in Los Angeles, demanded an explanation from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency regarding the legitimacy of Barrios’ initial extradition.


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