The number of asylum requests from undocumented immigrants nearly tripled this year, news sources report. According to The Los Angeles Times, this is the highest volume of asylum requests seen in the United States for two decades, raising concern that some of the petitions are fraudulent. Some sources suspect that fake asylum requests are coming from drug cartels who want to delay their impending removal from the United States.
Others are convinced that the increasing number of claims has nothing to do with drug cartels or other criminal activity. One immigration specialist stated that, “The increase alone does not signify an abuse of the claims.”
In the last fiscal year, the number of individuals granted temporary asylum sky rocketed from 13,931 to 36,026, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service reported. The report did not indicate how many of the claims could be fictitious.
Qualifications for Temporary Asylum in the United States
By law, an immigrant seeking temporary asylum must show that he / she has “credible fear” of persecution in his / her home country – fear that must be based on religion, race, social affiliation, political opinion, or nationality.
After the applicant submits an asylum claim, he /she will appear before a judge, who determines whether or not the applicant can stay in the United States. If the immigration judge determines that the petition for asylum is invalid, the applicant is subject to immediate deportation. Securing a date in immigration court can take several years, though, one news source indicated.
To learn more about asylum in the United States, visit our page about asylum claims. If you are seeking asylum in the U.S., the Miami immigration attorneys at Pozo Goldstein, LLP can help. Speak with a member of our firm today to see what we can do for you.