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The Daily Mail
July 31, 2018

It is getting harder for immigrants to gain asylum in the U.S: Official data shows rates have been slashed in half over the last six months
By Valerie Bauman


The Trump administration has made it harder to gain asylum in the U.S., with the rate of successfully reviewed claims of credible fear cut in half during the first six months of 2018, according to new data. At the same time, the likelihood that a review of an asylum claim will be successful varies wildly depending on where in the country it is heard. In order to pursue an asylum claim in the U.S., immigrants must first pass a credible fear review before they are allowed to make their case before an immigration judge. That review allows them to say why they are fleeing their country and establishes whether they have a legitimate fear of persecution or torture. Individuals who don't pass the credible fear review can request a hearing to reconsider their plea, but many are quickly deported to their home countries. It's a process that many of the parents and children who were separated at the border will go through. They are trying to tighten asylum in this country to the point that it's almost non-existent. -Wendy Young, president of Kids in Need of Defense Last month, less than 15 percent of the reviews of credible fear review cases were approved and allowed to proceed to the next step in the asylum process half the level that prevailed for the last six months of 2017, according to data released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.


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