Immigration: Claims for asylum soar in 2013

Cartels Extort Immigrants, Pose Challenge for ReformUPI — The number of immigrants seeking asylum after entering the United States illegally nearly tripled in 2013 to the highest level in 20 years, a report said.

The report, issued Thursday by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, said the number of asylum-seekers granted temporary refuge rose from 13,931 to 36,026 in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The increase in requests raised concerns that border jumpers and drug cartel members may be filing fraudulent claims as a way to slow their deportation, the Times said. The report did not indicate how many claims may have involved fraud… Read more: [Read More]