Saturday, April 25, 2015

Conservatives note that single moms want favored treatment in asylum process

Stephen Dinan has a significant piece in the Washington Times, “Single moms get easier path to US asylum”, link here

There is considerable debate as to what should be viewed as a quasi-immutable characteristic that singles someone out for persecution or violence in an overseas country.  In some Central American countries, according to the article, some single mothers fear that their situation makes them targets.
On the other hand, conservatives feel that mere economic hardship, social unrest or political hostility alone should not qualify someone for asylum.
In the 1980s, as I recall, there was even talk that some Cuban refugees would be sent back if they didn’t find sponsors.  That hasn’t really been said publicly this time around. 
Conservative commentators also fear that terrorists could compromise the asylum process and get into the country.
By the way, I do have a bone to pick with the Washington Times site.  It is overloaded with bloat and popups, and the article doesn’t come up (at least in Google Chrome in Windows) until you respond (at least “No”) to a survey. 

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