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Torchlight Briefs: Asylum & Immigration

Torchlight Legal Communications is building a collection of resources to educate everyone—refugees and other immigrants, U.S.-based allies, and those seeking to become allies—to provide clear, understandable information about what is happening at our southern border today, what it means for civil liberties, and what we can do.

There are over 68 million forcibly displaced people in the world seeking refuge from violence, war and persecution. That includes nearly 30 million refugees and asylum seekers who have been forced to leave their home country in search of safety.

Increasingly, asylum-seekers from around the world are trekking through south and central America and Mexico to the Southern Border of the United States. What legal right do they have to request asylum in the US?