Sikhs Among Those Concerned About New Political Asylum Law

June 15, 2005

Source: East Bay Express

On June 15, 2005 the East Bay Express reported, "Last month, President Bush signed into law the Real ID Act of 2005, which makes it tougher for torture victims to gain asylum in the United States. Republicans have championed the law as a new weapon in the war on terror, but immigration lawyers and human-rights groups view it as a misguided assault on the United States' long history of welcoming refugees who have escaped persecution in their homelands... But survivors such as Singh will surely pipe down if speaking up would make the US government more likely to deport them. After all, Singh became vocal only after his own asylum case was finally settled. In the eight years before that, he worried constantly that he and his family would be deported back to India."