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January 24, 2020

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Political Asylum: What's the Price of Admission?
Last Featured: 8/8/2005

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Whether it’s a Guatemalan woman fleeing a decade of brutality from her husband, transgender activists fleeing Argentina, or African peoples forced to choose between starvation and civil war, requests for political asylum are growing. Yet both federal judges and the Immigration and Naturalization Service are uncertain about when asylum should be available to those who have been persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality or their political views.

Erin Corcoran is the staff attorney for the asylum program at Human Rights First. Corcoran was formerly an attorney for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York City, where she represented asylum seekers; and a consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Zambia, where she identified refugees in need of resettlement.

Jan Ting is a professor of law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he teaches courses on taxation and immigration. Ting is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Center for Immigration Studies and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He was formerly Assistant Commissioner at the Immigration & Naturalization Service of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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"Be careful in revising those immigration laws of yours. We got careless with ours."

— advice allegedly given to vice president Hubert Humphrey by a Native American from New Mexico.

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