Letters and Politics

Theory of Poverty and the Illegal Changes to the Asylum Process and Regulations

The Trump administration moved to dramatically limit Central American migrants’ ability to seek asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico, an escalation of the president’s push to stem the flood of border crossers that are severely straining the U.S. immigration system. Under the rule published online on Monday, with limited exceptions, migrants who pass through another country first must seek asylum there rather than at the U.S. border, where they will be ineligible to do so. The vast majority of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border come from Central America, passing through Mexico, and in some cases Guatemala, first. These rule changes are against multiple laws and are facing retaliation. Today, we are in conversation with Rose Cuison-Villazor about recent changes to the laws on political asylum, we will also talk to the proprietors of POOR Press about their new book on the theory of poverty.

Guests: Rose Cuison-Villazor is a professor of Law at Rutgers Law School. She is the Director of the Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Justice at Rutgers Law Schools. She is an expert in immigration, citizenship, property law and race and the law. Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia is a formerly unhoused, incarcerated poverty scholar, journalist, poet, and the co-founder of POOR Magazine. She has authored such works as Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America and The Hardworker/El Trabajador.

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