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"The Asylum Seeker"

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In light of the revelation that the DSK accuser may have lied to gain asylum, Suketu Mehta, New Yorker contributor, professor of journalism at NYU, and author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, writes about a woman from Central Africa seeking asylum in New York.

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Comments [10]

Mia Martin from Weehawken, NJ

I am disturbed by the fact that asylum seekers receive therapy & medication while their cases are still being processed. I wonder whose budget this is coming from? While a lot of countries in the world are hell holes, it seems unfair that in some cases the best liars get to skip the line and stay, mostly for economic reasons, rather than fear of torture. Immigration officials are usually cast as the bad guys but in this case I must give my sympathy to them, trying to decide who is telling the truth and who is lying.

Jul. 30 2011 05:24 PM
Eugenia Renskoff from Brooklyn, NY

Hi, Because the D. Strauss Kahn accuser is not Snow White or a nun, if he actually did assault her, he's still guilty. If she is poor and had to get asylum here, she had to get asylum here. That does not make him a celibate monk. Eugenia Renskoff

Jul. 27 2011 07:52 PM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

I'm sorry lying on her asylum application, right or wrong, does not mean she should not get justice, period end of story. Any notion otherwise is absolutely ridiculous.

Jul. 27 2011 11:57 AM
Dana

@Mr. Bad - Separate from the DSK issue, while it is true that most people have lied on a form or to a government official, does it make it right? If we start setting policies/laws and enforcing them based primarily on relativism, aren't we headed down a slippery slope?

Jul. 27 2011 11:52 AM
Jersey Guy from NJ

I do not want to pay for legal aid for asylum seekers.

Jul. 27 2011 11:49 AM

It's not right for any one to be tortured at all but is the U.S. still letting people in? Really, in this strident economy when so many native born Americans are unemployed? I do not get it.

Jul. 27 2011 11:48 AM

If I lived in Guinea Africa I would probably be willing to say and do anything to get out. So she was just raped and not gang-raped? Even if she wasn't raped at all the threat was probably 24/7. Guinea is desperately poor and has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. Anyone who can get out should and getting out shows initiative and intelligence.

I believe her.

Jul. 27 2011 11:45 AM
Dana

I'm very sorry for the horrible circumstances some people face, but if you lie on your application, you must face the consequences (i.e. possible revocation of your visa.) Truthfulness on any official document or declaration is expected from ALL law abiding residents of the US. Potential immigrants need to understand and practice this from the start. Diallo said that she loves this country. I think this is true for all immigrants, and would support any immigration application. However, it does not qualify you for asylum.

Jul. 27 2011 11:42 AM
Mr. Bad from IL

The fact that the DSK accuser lied on her application should not necessarily destroy her credibility as a witness/accuser, most anyone has lied on a form or to a government official at some point in their lives, if not to commit fraud than simply out of a sense of self preservation.

The problem is that IF the DSK accuser lied about being raped to support her asylum app, than she has told a specific lie and supported it with more lies, basically she has become "good" at lying about being raped. That IS relevant to the case and this is why the case will likely be dropped, it is the definition of reasonable doubt, and a 1st year law student could probably get DSK off.

Jul. 27 2011 11:41 AM
pliny from nyc

I've read that successful asylum seekers receive monetary support from the government. Is this true?

Jul. 27 2011 11:36 AM

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