Less than 10 percent of the migrants arriving at the United States-Mexico border from Central America have legitimate asylum claims, new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data reveals.
As President Trump’s administration releases new asylum rules — blocking illegal border crossers from claiming asylum in the U.S. — DHS data notes that the overwhelming majority of Central American migrants who claim “credible fear” do not have legitimate asylum claims.
In Fiscal Year 2018, nearly 90 percent of Central American migrants who arrived at the border and claimed “credible fear” passed their initial asylum-seeking interview.
In almost 50 percent of cases where Central American migrants passed their initial asylum-seeking screening, the migrant never appeared for their asylum hearing or did not even file an asylum application.
In 2016, the legal and illegal immigrant population reached a record high of 44 million.