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Coming Out To Americanew

Immigrants seeking asylum in the United States don't come here solely in search of the American Dream. Some gay immigrants can't go home again.
Westword  |  Melanie Asmar  |  05-06-2011  |  LGBT

How We Break Our Promise to Protect Asylum-Seekersnew

Secrecy is an essential part of America's promise to refugees. Sometimes, though, secrets leak out. Especially for those refugees the government decides to send back home. In Peter's case, it began with a mere paperwork error.
Westword  |  Lisa Rab  |  10-14-2008  |  Immigration

Seeking Asylum in U.S. Immigration Courts is All in the Luck of the Drawnew

Depending on whom asylum-seekers draw as their judge, they may get a rubber stamp on their application -- or an almost instant denial.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Mira Jang  |  09-19-2008  |  Immigration

Bureaucratic Delays Leave Guatemalans in a Bindnew

The U.S. government has recently rejected thousands of Guatemalan asylum claims that had been pending for years -- but civil rights groups, arguing that applicants aren't to blame for long paperwork processing delays, are challenging the orders.
Dallas Observer  |  Megan Feldman  |  03-20-2007  |  Immigration

Trashy Beach Reading -- in Convenient Movie Form

It wasn't meant to be a romantic comedy, but this overheated romance gets so overwrought it's often laugh-out-loud hilarious.
Columbus Alive  |  Melissa Starker  |  09-08-2005  |  Reviews

Aw Nutsnew

This is a thriller sans kick, a snapshot of obsession that's less about the risks one takes for true love than it is about the dumb chances one takes when stifled and bored and game for any sort of excitement.
Miami New Times  |  Robert Wilonsky  |  09-05-2005  |  Reviews

Healers and Head Casesnew

In this adaptation of Patrick McGrath's novel, Natasha Richardson and Ian McKellan wonder if the patients have taken over the asylum.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marc Savlov  |  09-01-2005  |  Reviews

Obsession and Entrapment Fuel Superb Filmnew

Scottish director David Mackenzie's morbid, erotic film has an economical, compressed style that covers a great deal of action and subtext in a tight space.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Felicia Feaster  |  08-18-2005  |  Reviews

Suitcases From a State Asylum and the People Behind Themnew

When a state mental hospital closed, staff found hundreds of suitcases belonging to over 100 years of patients -- many of whom never left. These suitcases bring into focus the lives of their owners, and lead to examination of what's considered normal.
Metroland  |  Shawn Stone  |  08-19-2004  |  Science

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