The U.S. Asylum Process Explained

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Luciana hugs her mother Sandra Chica, the wife of Pablo Villavicencio, an immigrant deliveryman who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents while delivering pizza to Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn, at a news conference on June 18, 2018 in New York City. On Monday Chica filed a formal request for his release with ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations branch.  (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

As the Trump Administration continues to carry out its controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy, we examine the rights U.S. law affords to families and individuals who cross the border illegally to seek asylum. We'll also look at the Justice Department's recent directive that gang and domestic violence should no longer constitute grounds for asylum. What questions do you have about how the U.S. asylum process works?

Deep Gulasekaram,
professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law; co-author, "The New Immigration Federalism"