Lawyers file for release of Afghan family detained in US despite having valid visas
6 March 2017 International
Lawyers in the US have filed a petition seeking the release of an Afghan family who were detained in the US despite having valid entry visas.
A couple and their three young children were taken into custody shortly after their arrival at Los Angeles International Airport last week.
A petition for the release of the Afghan family was filed by the International Refugee Assistance Project, which said the family had been taken into custody with no justification.
The petition filed in US District Court in Santa Ana, California, south of Los Angeles, also said that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents has held the family in isolation without access to legal counsel.