I thought I’d take this opportunity to depart from my usual blogs on U.S. immigration law and procedure to showcase how immigration law works on the international stage. By now, many of you have heard of the former CIA official, Edward Snowden, who is facing a world of trouble for revealing a secret surveillance program run by the U.S. government. Lauded by some as a hero and denounced by others as a traitor, Snowden, a U.S. citizen, is now trying to do something that may sound peculiar at first – seek asylum in another country. Each year, scores of individuals come to the United States seeking asylum based on meeting a standard of past or potential future persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Is it possible, however, that the U.S. … Read More »
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” These words rest at the bottom of the Statute of Liberty to welcome those seeking opportunities and freedom. This sonnet speaks of a country founded by immigrants who sought freedoms they were unable to find in their home countries. Two hundred years later, this country which once had an open door policy, can now be harder to get into than the latest celebrity chef’s restaurant.
Recent court decisions have made it more difficult for those seeking a safe harbor in the United States, referred to as asylum relief. Asylum relief represents the idea that an immigrant can come to our country to pursue a life free from the persecution for their religion, race, or views which they are suffering in their home country. Many people come to the … Read More »