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From the Ted Talk by Melanie Nezer: The fundamental right to seek asylum

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Now, this has been in the news lately, so I want you to remember a few things as you see those images. One, this is not a ____________ high level of interceptions at the southern ______, and, in fact, people are presenting themselves at checkpoints. Two, people are showing up with the clothes on their backs; some of them are literally in flip-flops. And three, we're the most ________ country in the world. It's not a time to _____. It's easy from the safety of the destination country to think in _____ of absolutes: Is it _____, or is it illegal? But the people who are wrestling with these questions and making these decisions about their families are thinking about very different questions: How do I keep my daughter safe? How do I protect my son? And if you want absolutes, it's __________ legal to seek asylum. It is a ___________ right in our own laws and in international law. And, in fact —

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Original Text

Now, this has been in the news lately, so I want you to remember a few things as you see those images. One, this is not a historically high level of interceptions at the southern border, and, in fact, people are presenting themselves at checkpoints. Two, people are showing up with the clothes on their backs; some of them are literally in flip-flops. And three, we're the most powerful country in the world. It's not a time to panic. It's easy from the safety of the destination country to think in terms of absolutes: Is it legal, or is it illegal? But the people who are wrestling with these questions and making these decisions about their families are thinking about very different questions: How do I keep my daughter safe? How do I protect my son? And if you want absolutes, it's absolutely legal to seek asylum. It is a fundamental right in our own laws and in international law. And, in fact —

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