Due to a rule with a filing deadline, many refugees with legitimate claims have been denied political asylum in the U.S. For many of these refugees, getting asylum could be the difference between life and death.
Over the past 12 years, about 21,000 refugees seeking asylum were denied because of they missed the filing deadline; it is a complicated process that many feel needs immediate changing.
Julia Preston, national immigration correspondent for The New York Times, joins us with the details of this story. Also with us is one of these refugees who has been denied asylum because of the filing deadline. He will remain anonymous, calling himself "J," as his life has been threatened in his home country.