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The Brian Lehrer Show

Asylum on the Immigration Court Docket

Thursday, August 07, 2014

As cases for unaccompanied minors make their way through immigration courts, the question of who qualifies for asylum is a big one. Judge Dana Leigh Marks has been an immigration judge in San Francisco for 27 years and is the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. She talks about the decisions that immigration judges have to make and what the law says about who qualifies.

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WNYC News

Russian New Yorkers React to Snowden's Asylum

Friday, August 02, 2013

The Russians in Brighton Beach differ on whether Edward Snowden should have sought asylum in Russia.

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The Takeaway

Snowden to Meet With Human Rights Groups in Quest for Asylum

Friday, July 12, 2013

After three weeks of silence, NSA leaker Edward Snowden is meeting with international human rights workers today from his base in the Moscow Airport. In an email invitation to groups like Human Rights Watch and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Snowden wrote that he has "been extremely fortunate to enjoy and accept many offers of support and asylum from brave countries around the world,” according to The New York Times. Joining us is Ellen Barry, Moscow correspondent for our partner The New York Times. She walks us through the possible outcomes this meeting could produce.

In an email invitation to groups like Human Rights Watch and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Snowden wrote that he has "been extremely fortunate to enjoy and accept many offers of support and asylum from brave countries around the world,” according to The New York Times. In the note, Snowden says that U.S. government is carrying out an "unlawful campaign" to block his attempts at being granted asylum.
Joining us is Ellen Barry, Moscow correspondent for our partner The New York Times. She walks us through the possible outcomes this meeting could produce

 

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The Takeaway

Assange Granted Asylum

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ecuador's government says it will grant political asylum to the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. Assange has been inside Ecuador's embassy in London since June. He's been seeking asylum in Ecuador in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes. Yesterday, Ecuador's foreign minister said the UK had threatened to enter the embassy to arrest Assange.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

"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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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Suketu Mehta on illegal immigrants

Monday, July 25, 2011

Suketu Mehta on illegal immigrants.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Falsifying Stories For Asylum

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges and a sitting judge in San Francisco, discusses the practice of falsifying stories to gain asylum in the U.S. and the challenge for judges to determine the truth.

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The Takeaway

Refugees Denied Asylum After Missing Filing Deadlines

Thursday, September 30, 2010

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.

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