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Asylum versus illegal entry

It may be difficult for people in Washington, D.C. and across the country to fully appreciate what life in other countries may be like. Even those in this country who may face some struggles likely do not normally face fears of torture or being murdered in their daily lives. Unfortunately, for many people in other countries, this is their existence, often prompting many of them to seek asylum in the United States.

With a caravan of approximately 7,000 people in South America walking toward the United States to seek asylum, many pertinent questions arise regarding the process. A person seeking such protections must surrender at a port of entry, such as an international bridge, for example. Attempting to enter the country at a place other than an official port could be considered illegal entry.

However, even those who were determined to have entered the country illegally and are caught by Border Patrol have the right to seek asylum. In most cases, an immigrant inside of the United States has one year to request asylum. Reports indicate that over the course of the last decade, the number people requesting such protection has increase 1,700 percent. Over 500,000 immigrants have been granted asylum since 2013 and remain in the country today.

For many people, it is hard to imagine living in a place in which a person fears for his or her safety everyday. Traveling to an unknown country and completely uprooting a family's life comes with its own uncertainty. As a result, many people coming to Washington, D.C., and other areas of the country, choose to flee the despair they feel in their situation at home to seek a more hopeful future by seeking asylum in the United States.

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