The asylum system is being abused by people who illegally enter the U.S. then file frivolous asylum claims after they’re apprehended to prevent their deportation. Moreover, the volume of asylum claims to process is overwhelming immigration courts. Asylum seekers should require to file their claim in a safe third country they pass through en route to America to allow for proper vetting and deter people from making a dangerous attempt to enter the U.S. illegally.
The number of false asylum applications is small, and the increase in asylum seekers in recent years is directly attributable to crises in Central America and around the globe. Rather than turning away asylum seekers, the U.S. should seek to help those who have credible fears of returning home to violence and worse regardless of whether they enter the country illegally before making their asylum claim. Asylum-seekers shouldn’t be required to apply for asylum in a safe third country they pass through on their way to the U.S.