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December 4, 2018

As immigration denial rates increase, asylum seekers face setback at U.S. border
By J.D. Long-Garcia

A number of Central American migrants, after an exhausting months-long journey across Mexico as part of a caravan of thousands, have attempted to illegally enter the United States, according to Reuters. It is believed desperation drove about two dozen migrants on Dec. 3 to jump a 10-foot fence from Tijuana, Baja California, just south of San Diego, Calif., where Border Patrol immediately apprehended them. Whether they cross illegally or through a port of entry, asylum seekers are facing tough odds, according to a new report from Syracuse University. Immigration judges denied a record number of asylum claims in the fiscal year of 2018. Last year, judges decided 42,224 cases, a sum that exceeds last year’s tally by 40 percent. It can take years for an asylum case to be heard in court, and most of the cases in question involved applicants who arrived well before President Donald Trump took office. This year, judges denied asylum in 65 percent of such cases, marking the sixth year in a row that denial rates have increased.

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