Filipino expresses immigration fears after being in detention

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ — Cloyd Edralin has been living his life for the past year with quiet discomfort.

“Sometimes inside of my head, how far behind the immigration, cause my case was 11 years ago, and I got released only what last September? Is my paperwork on file already, I mean am I clear, really clear? It’s scary. It’s scary.”

It was on a sunny June morning like this in 2018, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents with their guns drawn, Edralin told us, detained him over an 11-year-old firearms conviction.

48-year-old Edralin who has lived legally in the U.S. for over 30 years, spent four months at this detention center, fighting a deportation case.

BA caught the moment when Edralin was reunited with his family.

“No one should go through what my family went through. If you ask me like I told you before, inside I was eating three times a day. But my family was they were the ones struggling with the whole situation.”

Edralin’s 2018 arrest is the latest example of how immigration enforcement priorities have shifted under the Trump administration, immigrant advocates said.

President Trump’s recent announcement of mass deportation raids brought fear not only to undocumented immigrants but for someone like Edralin. On January 25, 2017, president Trump signed an executive order to include non-citizens who have been convicted of a criminal offense as a priority for removal.

“We’re always on our toes, we’re always on our toes. The immigration application forms are changing what practically what every two months. And that’s just the forms. The policies, it changes.”

President Trump gave a two-week timetable for Congress to come up with a solution to the asylum and loophole problems at the southern border, otherwise, he said, deportations will start.

But, many lawmakers have since expressed doubts that, that could be accomplished. Democrats want to focus on a comprehensive immigration overhaul but Republicans have said, their priorities are to limit asylum options and to build Trump’s proposed border wall.

A possible legislative stalemate that Edralin said would bring no relief to thousands of families like his own.

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  • Mario
    26 June 2019 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Any one who were Green Card holders and committed a violent crime in the US many years back are consider as UNDESIRERABLE alien, the ICE can knock at your door and treathened you to go for voluntary deportation.I was one of those SIGA SIGA who carry a gun in my waist in the PH,but with common sense,I never touch any gun in the US at all. Most of my friends who migrated here went back to their old culture and most of them were deported on gun violations,I call them stupid and lack of common sense. To stay here longer is you have to pay huges matriculation fee to an immigration lawyer to delay your deportation. Onced your lawyer feels that your bank account is already empty he will tell you to go for a voluntary deportation hoping that you could come back after 8 years. This not True, future gov’t policy is TRUMP MERIT Base SYSTEM, if you have Ph.D. Masters Degree go to US embassy and much willing to help you. 179M foreigners applied to move to USA. Under Trump economy US is the envy of the world.