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December 4, 2018

Migrants jump border fence in Tijuana to try to reach US

Many say they are fleeing gang violence in their home towns and want to apply for asylum based on "credible fear", while others are hoping for better job opportunities in the US. But applying for asylum is not an easy process, and according to a report by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (Trac), 65% of immigrants seeking refugee status in the US in the 12 months to 30 September had their requests refused, up from 42% in 2012. According to the data collected by Trac, there has been an 89% increase in asylum cases decided by courts in this fiscal year compared to two years ago. It is also a lengthy process. Applying for asylum at a border post can take months and with US officials restricting the number of applicants to between 40 and 100 a day at El Chaparral port of entry in Tijuana, the migrants could be stuck for months or even years in the shelter.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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