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The Los Angeles Times
August 1, 2018

Trump is winning his crusade against asylum seekers
By Editorial Board


Here's the cold, hard, disheartening reality about the Trump administrationís policies toward those arriving at the nationís borders seeking asylum: Many more people with legitimate claims are likely being sent home to perilous conditions despite federal and international laws recognizing the right of the persecuted to seek sanctuary in other countries. That is unconscionable. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which collects and aggregates a wide range of federal data, reports that immigration judges ó who work for the Justice Department, not the federal courts ó are granting asylum seekersí appeals half as often as they did a year ago. Through June, courts revived less than 15% of the asylum claims that had been rejected by immigration agents, who make the initial determination whether an asylum seeker had a credible fear of persecution if returned home.


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