Jan 13, 2019 – 12:19
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six members of an Afghan family have been released after being detained and threatened with deportation at the Houston airport, a media report said on Sunday. .
Mohasif Motawakil, 48, his wife and five children had arrived in the U.S. on a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), according to a Texas-based digital newspaper.
Motakawil worked with the US military from 2012 to 2013, then with American contractors in the region. The visa he travelled on is reserved for those who have worked for the US military in Afghanistan.
Following their arrest, charity workers and other local activists went to the airport, the Daily Dot reported. After their release, the mother and her children were offered shelter by the director of Afghan Cultural Center.
The family is reportedly headed to San Antonio, where they have a sponsor named Motakawil, who is still being held and has not been placed in a detention centre.
Texas representatives Joaquin Castro and Lloyd Doggett called US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to seek the family’s release, said a statement on RAICES’ Twitter account.