Trump, Covid — And Now Biden — Limits People Seeking Asylum In The U.S.
U.S. immigration data shows that 118,719 employment-based cases were pending between July 1 and September 30, 2020. The policies that former President Donald Trump had imposed nearly halted the processing of asylum cases, leaving applicants in the dark about what their next step would be. Biden’s order to limit admissions was a blow to advocacy groups and asylum seekers that wanted the Democratic president to move swiftly to reverse Trump’s refugee policies, which immigrants call exclusionary. This episode explores how asylum seekers are affected by these policies.