This article effectively lays out the problems and stages of asylum in the U.S. today:

  • Asylum seekers entering the country increased by almost 6-fold in 4 years.
  • There is a fear that many claims are fraudulent.
  • During the legal process, many unauthorized immigrants are allowed to work legally on de facto permits.
  • The process can take years.
  • Severe restrictions make it very difficult for lower-skilled workers to enter the U.S. legally.
  • There is a difference between entering unlawfully and applying for asylum at a port of entry.