Under Trump, Asylum-Seekers Increasingly Face Criminal Charges
The Justice Department is prosecuting more people who come to the United States looking for protection, according to a report released Thursday.
The Trump administration is increasingly hauling asylum-seekers into criminal courts and slapping them with convictions for illegally crossing the border, instead of sending them to immigration judges to hear their claims, according to a new report from the nonprofit group Human Rights First.While most people who enter the United States illegally are processed by civil immigration courts, crossing the border without authorization is a crime under federal law. The first offense is a misdemeano...
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