Number of Asylum Applicants Skyrockets

Number of Asylum Applicants Skyrockets

FOX News recently reported on the huge increase in applicants for asylum along the U.S.-Mexico border over the last two years. The other major change is that the asylum applicant pool no longer consists of Mexican men who are attempting to evade law enforcement; now, the asylum applicants mostly consist of Central American families who turn themselves in at the border, seeking refuge from the drug-fueled violence that now pervades many Central American countries. The increase in the number of asylum seekers in this area of the country is significant. While there were less than 30,000 potential asylum seekers per year prior to 2012, that number jumped to 63,000 in 2013, and then nearly tripled to 170,000 in 2014, which seems to have been the peak of this trend. In 2015, the number of asylum seekers along this border decreased to 140,000; although this statistic is a definite decrease, it still represents an astonishing amount of immigrants seeking asylum. Not only must immigration courts increase their capacity to handle the volume of asylum petitions, but the Department of Health and Human Services must develop procedures to supervise and deal with the steadily increasing amount of unaccompanied minors. Data from this study also showed the relative success of improvements in border enforcement measures taken by the U.S. over the past ten years or so. Whereas the federal government failed to apprehend an estimated 1.9 million immigrants attempting to cross the border in 2005, that number dropped to only 200,000 in 2015. These number clearly show that while the number of asylum seekers may have increased substantially, immigrants trying to elude capture by border authorities has fallen precipitously. When you or a loved one is facing deportation, you may face not only leaving behind the only home you have known for several years, but also the prospect of returning to a native country where violence, crime, and poverty are widespread. If asylum or another type of relief is potentially available to you, we will help you through the process of filing the claim or claims that are most appropriate for your situation. Our goal is to avoid deportation at all costs by developing a strong case on your behalf. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., today at (510) 756-4468, or contact us online in order to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled and experienced deportation defense attorneys. The sooner you contact us, the better we can represent your interests in your deportation case.
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