A Maryland couple claims immigration authorities in Baltimore unfairly lured them into an interview — then moved to deport one of them back to Central America.
They’ve now joined a class action lawsuit against the federal government.
Earlier this year, Elmer and his wife Alyse Sanchez showed up for an interview with immigration authorities to determine whether Elmer, who was unlawfully in the country, could remain as a result of their marriage.
But while the immigration authorities pronounced the marriage legal, they shackled Elmer and threatened him with deportation to his native Honduras, the AP reported. According to authorities Elmer had missed a previous hearing, which he claims he did not know about, in 2005 and had been ordered deported in absentia.
The Sanchezes, who have two small children, have joined five other couples in a class action accusing US Department of Homeland Security agents of luring families to marriage interviews in Baltimore, only to detain the spouse who is illegally in the country for deportation.
A spokesman for the ACLU in Maryland told the AP that Homeland Security has been unlawfully using the green card interviews as “bait” since 2017.