Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has paved the way for battered women from countries where such abuse is widely accepted to be granted asylum in the United States. The DHS declared its opinion in a court filing of an asylum case of a Mexican woman only referred as L.R., who was denied by a ... More >>
What happens when judges' job burnout level gets too high? You don't want to know.According to a just-published survey of 96 U.S. immigration judges, the men and women deciding delicate asylum cases are stressed and burned-out to the point that the term "asylum" begins to have unpleasant connotation ... More >>
By Lauren Smiley Usually SF Weekly lets its stories speak for themselves, yet the op-ed in the Guardian attacking my "Border Crossers" cover story last week -- comparing me to Jerry Springer and the Weekly to the National Enquirer -- calls for a response. My story took a critical yet sensitive loo ... More >>
Long rap sheet? No problem. Transgender Latina hookers in S.F. are successfully fighting deportation by asking for asylum.
Unscrupulous attorneys prey on immigrants seeking green cards with an expensive and fruitless legal scheme. Now 29 Mexicans have joined the disbarment case against one such lawyer.
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues its "can't we all get along" ethos
Week of Wednesday, March 3, 2004
How a 24-year-old San Jose woman became a media liaison for Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan
Should the U.S. give asylum to victims of domestic violence? A Mission District woman's case may help decide that question.
Letters from March 22, 2000
In China, Falun Gong practitioners are beaten and persecuted, so the U.S. is granting them asylum. But is this movement as harmless as it seems?
In a landmark case, Amanda DuValle, allegedly brutalized in Nicaragua because she is a transsexual, escaped deportation from the U.S. by invoking the U.N. Convention Against Torture. But if she won, why is she still in jail?
Gay-bashing survivor applies for political asylum