The White House has release a fact sheet about loopholes in our asylum laws are being subject to exploitation. The loophole is contributing to significant spikes in asylum claims in recent years.
Current law sets an easily-met credible fear standard, which allows aliens who make meritless asylum claims to remain in the United States for years while they litigate their cases.
The number of arriving aliens claiming credible fear has jumped to one out of every 10, up from one out of every 100 before 2011.
Since FY 2009, the amount of immigration cases originating from a credible fear finding has dramatically increased, while the percentage of cases ultimately granted asylum has dropped significantly.
The Executive Office for Immigration Review has over 312,000 cases with pending asylum applications.
Backlog in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services affirmative asylum process has swelled by over 1900 percent since the end of FY 2012.
The number of asylum claims received in FY 2017 was the highest annual number of claims in over 20 years.
President Trump is aware of these loopholes and vows to reform the outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century.