Well-Founded Fear (2000)

Feature documentary that takes an in-depth look at the decision-making process behind asylum cases decided by the federal U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS, now USCIS) in the New York City area. Applicants must demonstrate a “well-founded fear” of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion; the adjudicating immigration officers weigh their cases and either make a decision or refer the case for hearing by an immigration judge.

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