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Report finds ‘serious flaws’ in US treatment of asylum seekers

August 04, 2016

The United States Commission on International Religious has published a report finding “serious flaws” in US treatment of persons seeking asylum.

“Those seeking refuge from persecution deserve to be treated with dignity and should not be confined in prison-like conditions simply for seeking freedom and protection in the United States,” said Father Thomas Reese, SJ, the commission’s chairman.

The commission stated that

a Border Patrol officer questioned the veracity of Chinese Christians’ asylum claims because they could not name the church they attended; the official did not know that many Chinese Christians worship at home.


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  • Posted by: MWCooney - Aug. 04, 2016 12:46 PM ET USA

    The only detail I need to know about this story is the name of the commission's chairman, Fr. Thomas Reese--consistent dissenter within the Church.