St. Paul lawyer documenting what happens when refugees request asylum

It is not illegal to appear at the U.S. border and ask for asylum, contrary to what a fair number of politicians want Americans to believe, often with great success.

That’s the way system works. Legally.

St. Paul immigration attorney Kara Lynum headed for the border near San Diego this week to document what’s happening when people approach the Customs and Border Patrol to request asylum.

So are two members of Congress — neither of whom is from Minnesota, for the record: California Democratic Reps. Nanette Barragán and Jimmy Gomez. All of them have been live tweeting as they investigate reports that people are being turned away.

“As we have done for several years, when our ports of entry reach capacity, we have to manage the queues and individuals presenting without documents may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities,” a spokesman for the Border Patrol tells The Hill.