So this is a dreadful story and truly puts the lie to our 21st Century asylum system. Those truly in need of asylum are too afraid to apply. When did this country get so mean? When did we decide that, if your priorities are not our priorities, then your priorities are wrong? When did we get so enamored of protecting our precious public services that we denied them to the very people that need them most? Sometimes, Amir, I hate my country too.