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Asylum Politicsposted on July 29, 2014
In Texas Monthly, Sonia Smith reports on a group of Sikhs currently detained at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center in El Paso, TX. Many of the Sikhs faced persecution in India and have been kept imprisoned for months due to a congressionally mandated “bed quota,” international politics, and a desire to stem the flow of Asian immigrants. Frustrated, the group staged a hunger strike in April for asylum, Smith reports. Only two strikers have been paroled.