U.S. asylum laws

U.S. asylum laws — here’s what to know

The clash between the migrant caravan and U.S. authorities along the Mexican border in recent days highlights a contentious topic in the immigration debate: asylum laws.  Federal law recognizes the right of asylum, and tens of thousands of refugees settle in the U.S. every year. However, proponents of stricter immigration laws say that the asylum system is being abused by migrants, such as the people traveling in the recent caravans.

Who can apply for Asylum

Federal law states that anyone can apply for asylum on