Who Gets Asylum? Even Before Trump, System was Riddled with Bias and Disparities
Katie Morrissey & Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union Tribune (August 23, 2020)
While Trump has diligently endeavored to dismantle the asylum system within the United States, Morrissey and Schroeder point out the inherent flaws in the system long before Trump was elected. Notably, issues of location greatly influence someone’s access to legal representation and chance of gaining asylum based on a judge’s past record. Furthermore, issues of bias against countries and widely diverse interpretations of ‘special groups’ greatly affect someone’s chance of getting asylum. Only about 19% of asylum applicants have achieved asylum.