N.H. ACLU Wins Release of Detained Congolese Man Seeking Asylum
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A Congolese man detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Dover was released Thursday after spending a month in jail.
Bienfait says he left the Democratic Republic of Congo to seek asylum in Canada, after his son was kidnapped and his family received multiple threats from local militia. NHPR is only using his first name because he fears retaliation in his country of origin.
Bienfait was denied his request for asylum at the Canadian border because he entered the U.S. first. Under what’s called the Safe Third Country Agreement, he was told he should apply in the U.S.