Afghan Family With Visas Detained by Immigration Officials in Los Angeles; Attorneys Seek Their Release

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A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing immigration agents from transferring outside of Southern California an Afghan family that attorneys say had been granted special immigration visas but whose members were detained when they arrived in Los Angeles

Women protest President Donald Trump's travel ban at LAX last month. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Women protest President Donald Trump’s travel ban at LAX last month. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The order, issued Saturday evening, also says the government cannot bar the family members from access to their attorneys.

The father, mother and their three children — ages 7, 6 and 8 months — arrived at LAX on Thursday afternoon for a connecting flight to Seattle, where they planned to resettle, but were detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, according to Talia Inlender, a senior staff attorney with Public Counsel, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services.

The family had been extensively vetted and approved for the visas because of the father’s work with the U.S. government, according to a federal court petition filed Saturday seeking release of the family.

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