Seeking asylum in another country is the last refuge of desperate people. Leaving one’s home and fleeing with just the possessions one can carry, often with children in tow and traveling through dangerous territory where criminals can take advantage of your desperation, is not a decision that people make lightly. Hence the right to seek asylum is one that should be protected for the sake of simple humanity. But decency and humanity are not words that racist Trump and his racist cohorts understand and so it should not be surprising that they have almost completely destroyed even the limited protections in the US that were in place to protect the right to asylum
John Oliver describes the appalling things that this administration has done.
As an example of the repercussions of these actions, the radio program This American Life had an episode this week about one couple from Nicaragua and their eight-year old daughter who made the dangerous trek through the desert to the US and surrendered to the US border patrol and asked for asylum. The couple had brought with them carefully collected documentation that showed conclusively that they had been specifically targeted for persecution for their anti-government political activity back in Nicaragua. Normally the US looks vary favorably upon people fleeing countries that it deems as hostile and Nicaragua under Daniel Ortega certainly fits that description. The family should have at least been given a hearing. But to their shock, not only did no one even bother to look into their case or their documentation, they were summarily put onto a charter plane with other asylum seekers and sent back to Nicaragua where they now live in hiding.
You can listen to that story here.