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Illegals Seeking Asylum Jumps 900% — Become Eligible for Host of Federal Benefits

integration-1691275 640Warren Mass
The New American
October 21, 2016

An October report produced by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), an organization that advocates for reduced immigration quotas and greater border enforcement, noted that the number of illegal aliens seeking asylum in order to live in the United States legally has jumped 900 percent since 2009. The reported cited statistics from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as its source.

Most aliens seek asylum under the grounds that they have a “credible fear” of persecution or torture were they to be returned to their homeland. A graph included in the CIS report depicted the number of “credible fear” cases filed at the U.S. border with both the Border Patrol and at the port of entry from 2004 to the present. Other graphs illustrated the number of “credible fear” cases by asylum office and by national origin.

Once receiving asylum, these aliens become eligible for receiving green cards and a number of taxpayer-funded services, including Social Security, school loans, welfare, Medicaid, cash, and housing assistance, noted a report in the Washington Examiner.

The report indicated that about 8,000 aliens mostly from Latin America, sought asylum in 2009, but the number is expected to reach 80,000 or more this year.



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