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Associated Press
November 9, 2018

Trump moves to limit asylum; new rules challenged in court
By Colleen Long


The administration has long said immigration officials are drowning in asylum cases partly because people falsely claim asylum and then live in the U.S. with work permits. In 2017, the U.S. fielded more than 330,000 asylum claims, nearly double the number two years earlier and surpassing Germany as highest in the world. Migrants who cross illegally are generally arrested and often seek asylum or some other form of protection. Claims have spiked in recent years and the immigration court backlog has more than doubled to 1.1 million cases in about two years, Syracuse Universitys Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse reported this week. Generally, only about 20 percent of applicants are approved.


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