Life after asylum: Making peace with what was lost

SAN DIEGO — When Carmen Kcomt learned that she’d finally won asylum, it wasn’t relief that washed over her — it was anger. She’d been rejected every step of the way — by an asylum officer, an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals — until her case eventually ended up before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court recognized what others in the U.S. asylum system hadn’t, that she and her family were refugees deserving protection. “I don’t know how to explain this feeling of, ‘Now what?'” Kcomt said. “It took them so long to understand. Why was it so difficult to understa…

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