Legal Help Out of Reach for Many Asylum Seekers in El Paso Sector Detention Centers

"When Jesús Enrique Rodriguez Mendoza turned himself in to immigration officials, he figured he would be detained but assumed it would be for a short time. Instead, he spent nearly two years in an El Paso detention facility.

'You feel like you’re being punished and it’s a horrendous feeling,' he said. It’s not what he expected after fleeing political persecution in Venezuela.

The detention center - a sprawling facility near the airport - did have a law library. Rodriguez said he spent a lot of time there, to sharpen his legal knowledge and prepare for court. "

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