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.
Read the full story: “Asylum Insanity: Welcome to the Land of the Free.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 9, 2014