United States Asylum Policy: Safe Haven or Structured Exclusion?
Smaldone, Joseph P.
This thesis investigated whether past and current United States immigration policies toward asylum seekers reflect the American value of the United States acting as a safe haven. Founding policy was based on international treaties that helped mold the evolution of domestic asylum policy. The sub-questions examined in this work are how the importance of the state of origin asylees flee affects their probability of being granted asylum, how ideological preference plays a role, whether policies are prejudicial or impartial, and if American attitudes are globally congruent toward all political refugees in need of asylum.
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