FLORENCE, Ariz. – Two Palestinian men who travelled through eight countries to get to Arizona are in limbo as their asylum cases play out in immigration court.
One of the men has been in immigration detention in Arizona for 18 months, while the other was recently released on bail while his asylum claim is heard in court.
Mounis Hammouda and Hisham Shaban fled Gaza several years ago and spent months traveling from Cyprus through Central America to get to the U.S.
They are part of a global refugee crisis emanating from the Middle East that has touched off a political uproar in Europe and the U.S.
The immigrants who are caught or who turn themselves in at the U.S.-Mexico border often take much longer journeys than the typical path of refugees who settle in camps.