This American Life has produced a broad look at the state of immigration adjudication, from asylum applications to criminal border crossing prosecutions and from applications for legal status to refugee admissions.
The discussion about the notebook— a hand-written list of people waiting in line in Mexico to even approach the border– is especially intriguing. The list is maintained by the asylum-seekers themselves. It has developed into a de facto part of the immigration adjudication system. The need for the notebook developed after the Trump Administration began to limit the number of asylum seekers who could approach the border each day.