Part I further describes Alex's case and addresses how similarly situated applicants can fall through the cracks of the asylum process. Part II provides an overview of United States asylum law and the three types of asylum applications. Part III reviews the statutory bars to asylum, and Part IV details immigration office practices that make it difficult for illegal entrant asylum applicants to file their applications and receive notice about their hearing dates. Finally, Part V argues that a finding of credible fear in an initial removal hearing should lodge defensive asylum applications. It also recommends other changes in the law that could reduce the number of refugees who are deported.
Citation: 95 N.C. L. Rev. 523-552