The New York Times reports today that the road to asylum in the U.S. often leads straight to detention.
For more than a decade, arriving asylum-seekers have faced the possibility that they will be detained while immigration authorities oppose their admission, under stricter laws passed in 1996. But a new study by the international advocacy group Human Rights First, shows that it has become harder for them to win release while their cases are considered.
Since 2003, when the Department of Homeland Security took over immigration enforcement, the number of beds in prisonlike detention centers has risen by at least 62 percent, the study found. At the same time, the percentage of asylum seekers released on bond or parole dropped by 42 percent for those the authorities found to have a “credible fear” of persecution. In 2007, more than 3,000 asylum seekers were detained soon after arrival in the United States.
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