Seeking asylum

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People listen as names are read off a list of who will cross into the United States to begin the process of applying for asylum Thursday, July 26, 2018, near the San Ysidro port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico. As the Trump administration faced a court-imposed deadline Thursday to reunite thousands of children and parents who were forcibly separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, asylum seekers continue to arrive to cities like Tijuana, hoping to plead their cases with U.S. authorities. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

People listen as names are read off a list of who will cross into the United States to begin the process of applying for asylum Thursday, July 26, 2018, near the San Ysidro port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico. As the Trump administration faced a court-imposed deadline Thursday to reunite thousands of children and parents who were forcibly separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, asylum seekers continue to arrive to cities like Tijuana, hoping to plead their cases with U.S. authorities. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Guests: Ayodele Gansallo, David Glosser, Lee Gelernt

To qualify for asylum in the United States, you have to prove that you can’t return to your home country because you have suffered, or are likely to suffer, persecution there. But how do you provide evidence that returning home could put you in danger? Who’s actually deemed eligible for asylum, and who’s turned away, especially under the Trump administration? We’ll be joined by HIAS immigration attorney AYODELE GANSALLO, who regularly helps her clients gain asylum, and by neuropsychologist DAVID GLOSSER, who works with Gansallo to document trauma and mental health conditions of asylum-seekers. Glosser is also an uncle of President Trump advisor, Steven Miller, whom he called an immigration hypocrite in Politico. Then, we’ll check in with ACLU attorney LEE GELERNT, who is litigating a national class-action lawsuit against ICE, on the effort to reunite children separated from their parents when crossing the U.S. border.

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