Houston Chronicle -- Let's Reform Detention System for Asylum Seekers

For Your Consideration
December 15, 2011

By FELICE D. GAER and RICHARD D. LAND

Each year, asylum seekers come to the United States seeking refuge from religious and other forms of persecution. Desiring new lives of freedom and dignity, many confront a system that, in the name of security, treats them like criminals.

Such was the finding of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan federal advisory body on which we serve, in a 2005 study and the 2007 follow-up report.

Unfortunately, to this day, little has changed.

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