No Asylum For You

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Sam Rosenfeld has the latest on the REAL ID Act still being pushed by Rep. Jim Sensenbrunner in the House. Now listen, we’ve said unkind things about the act in the past, but this Washington Post article may have persuaded me otherwise. I mean, come on. If a Cameroon dissident who’s been beaten and raped in his home country wants to seek asylum in America, surely it’s not too much to ask for him to provide documentary proof of said beatings and rapings before admitting him, is it? Why couldn’t he have just videotaped it or something? Asylum-seekers these days, I tell ya…

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