Understanding U.S. Asylum Law After the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996
In the U.S., anti-immigrant feelings reached levels not seen since the l920's. Furthermore, as in Europe, strong associations between illegal migrants and asylum seekers exist in the mind of the U.S. public. As 1 will show, the end of the Cold War has left a void in U.S. refugee and asylum policy which has been filled by the resurgent nativism. This paper will illustrate how this has happened by going through the history of U.S. refugee and asylum policy, illustrating the rising nativism in the U.S. and going through the 1996 Act to lay out its affects on U.S. asylum policy. By the end of this paper, I will have demonstrated that white the 1996 Immigration Act was passed to decrease the presence of illegal aliens, the rush to expel undesirables has led to legislation that will almost certainly deny some persons with legitimate asylum claims the right to present those claims in a just manner.
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