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April 21, 2018

Students rally to save teacher who faces death sentence in Egypt
By Hannan Adely

During his bid for asylum, Abdel-Basit said he was told that his case was high security because he came from a “hot country.” The Trump administration has put new “extreme vetting” procedures in place for populations that officials claim warrant greater scrutiny. The administration has never explicitly stated which groups are impacted, but “all the available evidence and context makes clear that Muslims are the intended targets,” wrote Muslim Advocates, a civil rights groups, in a report released this month that focuses on Trump’s attempts to ban Muslims from the United States. Asylum has also become harder to obtain. Last year, the U.S. denied asylum in 62 percent of cases, up from 57 percent a year earlier and 51 percent two years earlier, according to Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, a research group based at Syracuse University.

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