A Cuban man is enduring his 16th month of incarceration for exercising his legal right to seek asylum. Under the Trump administration, parole approvals for arriving asylum-seekers have dropped sharply. The New Orleans ICE Field Office granted parole in 75.9 percent of cases in 2016. Two years later the rate dropped to 1.5 percent of cases granted parole. The drop came despite a 2009 policy, which is still in effect, directing ICE to release asylum-seekers into the United States when they lawfully present themselves at official ports of entry.