In 2014, 49 percent of the 19,781 United States asylum requests were denied.
In 2019, 69 percent of the 67,406 United States asylum requests were denied.
That’s right, according to the Washington Examiner, 46,735 claims were deemed to be “illegitimate” and those asylum-seekers “had not suffered or were not in fear of persecution for race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”
So, not only was there a massive increase in the number of asylum requests, but the percentage denied rose by a whopping 20 percent — a proportion not seen in decades.
And if you’ll remember, in 2019 we saw the inception of the giant migrant caravan that came from South America, went up through Mexico, and stopped at the U.S. southern border.
At one point, President Trump threatened to close the border over the issue, saying in a tweet, “Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country. They are all talk and no action. Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing. The Dems don’t care, such BAD laws. May close the Southern Border!”
It never got to the point were the border had to be closed, but Mexican leaders were reprimanded heavily by Trump. He told the officials to secure their own border or face economic consequences if caravan-goers were able to come through their country to the U.S. border.
Mexico immediately got their act together on their own southern border, but some migrants still made it up, where they applied for asylum status.
And looking at the numbers from TRAC Immigration — who keeps a tally on migrants attempting to enter the U.S. — the border judges rejected a large majority of them.
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