Seeking asylum from a US jail cell
Oct 13, 2000 —
It's been four years since U.S. immigration officials began jailing everyone seeking political asylum. Nationwide, thousands of asylum seekers may await a decision on their status from a cell. Because relatively few try to enter the country through Minnesota, the number who end up in our county jails and state lockups is small -- only nineteen. But Minnesotans who have worked on the cases say they illustrate the problems with the system.
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