REPORT: Immigrants Seeking Asylum Jumped Nearly 70 Percent in 2018

‘The majority of these claims will not be successful when they are adjudicated by an immigration court…’

Dozens of Central Americans Seek Asylum at US Border

Migrants seeking asylum (screen shot: TRT World/Youtube)

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The number of migrants seeking asylum in the U.S.—ostensibly out of fear of returning to their home countries—jumped nearly 70 percent in the last year, according to a new report by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

About 93,000 immigrants who hopped the border illegally or turned themselves in at ports of entry cited a “credible fear,” claiming it was unsafe to return to their home country.

Many immigrants said they were targeted because of their race, religion, nationality or political opinions.

Last year, only 56,000 migrants asked for asylum because they feared returning home, the report says.


Ports of entry have also seen a rise in the number of families seeking asylum, the report says.

Nearly 60 percent of foreigners seeking entry were part of a family.

But CBP attributed this to an increase in smuggling organizations trying to exploit women and children hoping to gain access to the country.

This dramatic rise in asylum seekers has overwhelmed official ports of entry, according to CBP officials.

Many of them can’t hold large numbers of people at a time and are ill equipped to give resources and medical attention to immigrants.

“These numbers reflect a dramatic increase in initial fear claims by those encountered on the border, which is straining border security, immigration enforcement and courts, and other federal resources,” CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan said in a statement.

“As the majority of these claims will not be successful when they are adjudicated by an immigration court, we need Congress to act to address these vulnerabilities in our immigration system which continue to negatively impact border security efforts.”

To limit the number of people it processes daily, the agency uses a method called “metering,” letting about 40 to 100 people apply for asylum each day.