Trump Shuts Down Asylum at the Border

A U.S. Border Patrol agent wouldn’t let Jackeline Reyes explain why she and her 15-year-old daughter need political asylum, blaming the coronavirus. That confrontation in Texas came just days after the Trump administration quietly shut down the nation’s asylum system for the first time in decades in the name of public health.

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Pandemic and ICE Hamper Catholics’ Aid to Refugees

For years, Catholic-led, U-S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support asylum-seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of which now must take place in Mexico.

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