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Report details torture faced by asylum seekers deported to Cameroon

Asylum-seekers from Cameroon and Eritrea protest Mexican immigration authorities in Tijuana, July 9, 2019.
Max Rivlin-Nadler
Asylum-seekers from Cameroon and Eritrea protest Mexican immigration authorities in Tijuana, July 9, 2019.

A report released this month by Human Rights Watch finds several Cameroonian asylum seekers faced imprisonment, torture and abuse after the United States deported them to their home country.

The findings highlight the shortcomings of the asylum system, which can be extremely difficult to navigate, even for those with legitimate fears of persecution.

The report is based on interviews with dozens of people, some of whom requested asylum at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Kate Morrissey joined KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday to talk about the report.