Salvadorans Request Asylum From The US UU. And Send Them To Hawaii | El Salvador News

The group of about 40 families will appear before an immigration court in Honolulu; there are also Hondurans and Guatemalans.

Around 40 immigrant families, including Salvadorans, Hondurans and Guatemalans, will appear in the next few days before a court in Honolulu, Hawaii (United States state) to define their asylum situation, after fleeing situations of violence in their nations.

According to a publication of the digital newspaper La Opinion (, a group of immigrants have been sent to Hawaii to await a resolution to their asylum application they had requested on the southern border of the United States.


The head of the Immigration and Refugee Law Clinic of the University of Hawaii, John Egand, said that the group of about 150 Central American immigrants arrived at that place from the border of the United States and Mexico.

Egand said during an interview with the Hawaii Public Radio that the group in order to remain in the United States must appear before an immigration judge in Honolulu, capital of the state.

He added that in Hawaii there are not enough lawyers to be able to assist the immigrant group in court, so with a group of his students he has decided to attend in 12 cases so far.

“We have been seeing people who arrive here in Hawaii quite frequently without knowledge of English. They come from quite poor environments and receive a plane ticket and a notice to appear in court, ”said Egand, according to La Opinion.

He added that Central American immigrants are located in agricultural communities where they perform different tasks in the production of nuts and coffee.

According to the report, the immigrant group seeks protection in the United States, after fleeing the violence and poverty they suffer in their home nations. However, there are few cases of asylum that prove to be successful.

“Honestly, I have to say that some of these cases we take because no one else can do it. What we have started now is a new project to recruit volunteer lawyers, other than immigration lawyers, and bring additional legal help, ”Egand said.

The Opinion cites a report from Syracuse University where 90 percent of asylum seekers who did not have a lawyer were denied during 2017; and adds that half of the immigrants with a lawyer also saw a negative resolution of their case.