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All individuals have the right to seek asylum when they fear for their lives in their own countries. However, many nations implement policies that prevent refugees from crossing their borders, including the United States, which has a historical commitment to the protection of refugees, .

Over and over we see countries block refugees. Some build walls or turn back boats. Others use punishing measures to dissuade people from seeking protection, or fail to provide protection to those who have arrived. Some governments pay other countries to keep refugees from ever reaching their own borders. Agents who screen those seeking protection at the border refuse entry to those with valid claims.