Guatemalan sister’s asylum denial frightens Stamford relative

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A Stamford woman's sister who came to the United States from Guatemala had her request for asylum denied and has been deported back to a country where she fears for her life.

The sister living in America asked to remain anonymous. She says criminals in Guatemala tried and failed to kidnap her 22-year-old sister, and she is afraid they will look for her again and try to kill her.

The man suspected of trying to take her sister has allegedly killed several people already.

"I'm really not going to see her again," she says. "Because she might just be going to the grocery store, and something might happen."

Around the country, demonstrators in hundreds of U.S. cities have been protesting the Trump administration's hardline immigration policies this week.

Philip Berns, a Stamford immigration attorney, says federal agents at the border are misleading asylum seekers to meet demands from above.

"People seeking asylum are being lied to at the border, and the agents screening them are being ordered by their higher ups and from the administration to turn people back by any means necessary," Berns says. "And that is wrong." 

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