- A former interpreter who served alongside US troops in Afghanistan was detained at the Houston International Airport with his wife and five children after traveling to the United States from Kabul.
- While his wife and children were temporarily released in the United States in response to pressure from democratic legislators, 48-year-old Mohasif Motawakil remained in custody of the Border Customs and Protection Agency.
- The reason for the detention is reported because someone opened sealed medical records, causing officials to question the authenticity of family records.
- It is said that the family has traveled on special visas for immigration, which are granted to those who are in danger in their countries of origin due to their service with US troops.
A former interpreter who helped American troops in Afghanistan before escaping from the country with his family was detained at the Houston, Texas International Airport on their arrival from Kabul, according to an advocacy group. Immigration of Texas .
Mohasif Motawakil, 48, was arrested by the Customs and Border Protection along with his wife and five children, the Center for Education and Legal Services for Refugees and Immigrants (RAICES) told the Washington Post. Although his wife and children have been released, the Motawakil is still held by the authorities.
RAICES said that Motawakil served alongside US troops as an interpreter from 2012 to 2013, later working as a US entrepreneur in his country of origin.
According to reports, he and his family were traveling to the United States for special visas for immigrants, which are difficult to find and granted to those whose lives are endangered due to their military service.
Special visas for immigrants take years to be acquired, and reinforcement of immigration controls has apparently made the process even more difficult for candidates.
"The father remains imprisoned and his wife and children have been admitted to the United States pending the outcome of his proceedings," CBP told The Hill, also explaining that "due to the restrictions of the law on privacy, customs and protection of the United States do not discuss the details of individual cases. "
The temporary release of mother and children was attributed to the efforts made by four Texas Democrats who worked on behalf of the family.
Texas representatives. Lloyd Doggett and Joaquin Castro called CBP while representatives Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee supported the family at the airport.
Nonetheless, the family is "confused and traumatized" by the situation, RAICE spokesman William Fitzgeral told The Post. Motawakil's wife and children spent Friday night at the Afghan Cultural Center in Houston.
The reason for the detention is obscure, but Fitzgerald told The Post that the family was threatened with deportation after someone – potentially a relative – opened sealed medical records, leading the authorities to question the issue. authenticity of family documentation.