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U.S. Granted Asylum to Just 2 People Since Coronavirus Immigration Bans Took Effect

HeadlineMay 15, 2020

The Washington Post reports the U.S. has granted asylum to just two people seeking refuge at the U.S.-Mexico border since mid-March. This comes as the Trump administration has essentially shut down the country’s asylum and immigration systems, suspending most due process for immigrants — including children — issuing bans and restrictions under the guise of stemming the spread of the coronavirus. Immigration and human rights advocates are condemning the actions, saying the Trump administration is “weaponizing” the pandemic to push for more radical, anti-immigrant, racist policies.

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