Asylum Insanity

Welcome to the land of the free. While we decide whether we feel like deporting you, we've got a cold, dank cell that'll suit you just fine.

Asylum Insanity
Caleb Ferguson
First Friends program director Sally Pillay keeps a map of detention centers nationwide.

Every day at airports and border crossings around the country, dozens of asylum seekers arrive fleeing death and persecution in their native countries.

They are welcomed to the United States with an interrogation, housed in cold, crowded cells, and constantly threatened with being sent home.

This story examines how the U.S. immigration system fails asylum seekers, and highlight opportunities for reform, including a promising but extremely limited alternative to detention program currently underway in the New York area and four other cities.

Brian Stauffer
First Friends program director 
Sally Pillay
Caleb Ferguson
First Friends program director Sally Pillay
Jamila Hammami, director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, says “the psychological damage is huge” for LGBT immigrants in detention.
Caleb Ferguson
Jamila Hammami, director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, says “the psychological damage is huge” for LGBT immigrants in detention.

Read the full story: "Asylum Insanity: Welcome to the Land of the Free."

 
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