Number of Immigrants Seeking Asylum Once in the US at 20-Year High

According to the Congressional Research Service


WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The number of immigrants seeking asylum after entering the United States illegally nearly tripled in 2013 to the highest level in 20 years, a report said.

The report, issued Thursday by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, said the number of asylum-seekers granted temporary refuge rose from 13,931 to 36,026 in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the Los Angeles Times reported.