Judiciary Committee: 65 Percent of Asylum Requests 'Immediately Approved' in FY2014
The House Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Bob Goodlatte, released a report today revealing that over 65 percent of unaccompanied alien minors’ asylum applications have been immediately approved in Fiscal Year 2014.
The report cites data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Asylum approval rates have dramatically increased, according to the report, which shows that the approval rates for asylum officers has increased from 28 percent in 2007 to 46 percent in 2013.
The report also notes that approval rates by immigration judges in affirmative cases have increased from 51% in 2007 to 74% in 2013.
Refugees who are granted asylum have access to major federal welfare programs.
“New data showing that the vast majority of Central Americans’ asylum claims are immediately approved will only worsen the situation along our southern border by encouraging more to come and take advantage of the situation,” Goodlatte said in a statement. “Our asylum laws are in place to help individuals who are facing truly serious persecution in their countries.”
Goodlatte also called on President Obama to immediately address the approval rates.
“President Obama has many tools at his disposal to stop this border crisis, including cracking down on fraudulent asylum claims and implementing tougher standards for preliminary asylum screenings,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, he refuses to use these tools and instead makes the situation worse by refusing to enforce our immigration laws.”