A Bangladeshi student was detained in the US in December even after entering the country legally.
Iman Boukadoum, a lawyer and director of community partnerships at the Interfaith Center of New York, in a recent Facebook post said she was dealing with the case.
The man, who was not named, “entered LEGALLY on an F1 student visa”.
“Our client was detained on DECEMBER 19, 2016, just one month before Trump was inaugurated. Parole RELEASE Hearing Tomorrow,” Boukadoum wrote on Tuesday.
She said after a 30 hour flight from Bangladesh, her client was interrogated by the Customs and Border Protection for 12 hours in English, a language he does not speak well.
She described the facility he was being held at as “one of the WORST PRIVATELY-OWN [sic] (CAA) Immigration Detention Facilities in the Nation” where they “threatened to beat him up, shouted at him aggressively in a language he did not speak and were humiliating him with constant body searches”.
The ordeal was too much for the student who was “on the brink of killing himself”.
Boukadoum said immigration officials finally “broke” him who “confessed to some non-sense based on ZERO evidence”.
“He calls non-stop and cries and cries and cries. It is pure heartbreak,” she added.
The outcome of the parole hearing could not be known yet.