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Suketu Mehta on illegal immigrants

July 25th, 2011

Episode 212 of 447 episodes

This week in the magazine, Suketu Mehta writes about an African woman who described a rape that never happened in order to gain asylum in the United States. Here Mehta talks with Blake Eskin about why the asylum process encourages embellishment, the ethics of lying to gain asylum, and the multiple identities that illegal immigrants juggle.