RETURNED. Part IV.; The U.S. asylum system is broken. How could it be reimagined?; The U.S. has always resisted protecting refugees at its border. The incoming Biden administration will have to decide whether to break with that past.
The U.S. asylum system is often cited as part of a noble legacy tied to the message on the Statue of Liberty, offering freedom to the "huddled masses."
But the truth is much more complicated and decidedly less noble.
Over its 40-year history, the U.S. asylum system has never meted out refuge evenly or in the full spirit behind its creation.
As The San Diego Union-Tribune has reported over the last year in an in-depth investigation, disparities, capriciousness and bias plague th...