It was a tense moment along the international boundary at the apex of a mile-long bridge connecting the United State and Mexico—highlighted by the arrival of an agent sporting a tactical rifle. Agents with Custom and Border Protection were employing a new tactic in the battle to control our southern borders that longtime residents along the border had never seen before: they were physically preventing immigrants seeking political asylum from setting foot in the United States, the first step in the asylum process. But are these tactics legal? Technically, the process of seeking political asylum, based on an immigrant’s credible fear of being persecuted—or worse—by the immigrant’s native government, is considered a legal entry into the United States—as long as the petition for asylum is…View Original Post
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