This Article is about consistency in adjudication. With the United States asylum system as a backdrop, I explore why consistency matters, what its determinants are, and whether it can be substantially achieved at a price that is worth paying.This Article is also about the United States asylum adjudication system. Asylum challenges the national conscience in distinctive ways. It generates hard questions about our moral responsibilities to fellow humans in distress; the recognition of human rights and our willingness to give them practical effect; the extent of our obligations to those who are not U.S. citizens; U.S. legal and moral obligations to the international community; the roles of state sovereignty and borders; foreign relations; allocation of finite national resources; and racial, religious, linguistic, and ideological pluralism.


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