A record half-million cases are waiting to be heard by US immigration courts

Sep 07, 2016 - Quartz

As a human rights activist back in the Central African Republic, Patrick used to get threatening phone calls, telling him he had a reservation at the cemetery. But the apprehension he felt then was meagre, he says, compared to the anxiety of being an asylum seeker in the United States.

In October 2010, after being kidnapped and tortured by CAR government forces, Patrick flew to the United States on a tourist visa and applied for asylum. He would spend the next six years of his life in bure...