Sunday, June 10, 2018

More Asylum Seekers Game America’s Immigration System

A surge in asylum seekers is swamping U.S. immigration courts and swelling the country’s illegal-alien population.
Since 2008, asylum claims soared 1,700 percent. “We have seen the backlog explode to over 300,000 cases for asylum,” reports Jonathan Hoffman, assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.
“It’s a huge thing — it is almost half of our legal immigration flow per year,” according to Rosemary Jenks, policy director at NumbersUSA.
Though 62 percent of asylum claims are eventually rejected by the courts – and that rate is rising – the growing backlog of cases effectively jams the system and further delays processing of bona fide refugees.
“Asylum is enshrined as a right in both U.S. and international law,” Lyman Stone wrote recently in The Federalist. “However, asylum has become increasingly controversial in the United States and Europe as a growing share of foreign citizens attempt to claim asylum, raising questions over whether this once-modestly-sized migration program faces abuse and misuse.”
(For some global perspective, Japan received 19,628 requests for asylum last year, a record for that country. Twenty were granted.)
Read the rest from Bob Dane HERE.

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