U.S. federal law allows immigrants to seek asylum in the United States if they fear persecution from their home country.
ApplicationUnder the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, asylum seekers must show that they have a well-founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group, and are unable or unwilling to seek protection from the authorities in their own country.
There is a backlog of more than 300,000 asylum applications in the U.S.
The Trump administration instituted a policy in which the latest applications filed were the first ones dealt with.
DecisionUnder the 1951 Geneva Convention, it is necessary to show that
the harmful treatment the person fears amounts to *persecution*
the person*s fear of such persecution is *well-founded*
the persecution is for one of the five reasons specified in the Convention
the person could not find protection in another part of their country
and the person would be at risk of experiencing such persecution in the future if they were returned
Supporting EvidenceEvidence depends on each individual case
-Birth or death certificates
-Letters from people who can support the claim
- News Articles
- Other reports