Asylum and refugee are terms that many might hear together. So, one thing one might wonder is: Are the asylum process and refugee process two different processes in U.S. immigration law, or just different names for the same process?
How many refugees who come to the U.S. come to California? According to data on refugees, California has seen 186,924 refugee arrivals between 1995 and 2016.
There are all manner of rules that apply when it comes to asylum requests here in the United States. This includes rules on asylum seekers, such as what generally has to be shown to be eligible for asylum.
The process of seeking asylum in the U.S. involves a wide range of things. Some data suggests that, for a good number of asylum seekers, a fair amount of time in immigration detention is included among these things.
The federal government recently released data on new refugees and asylees here in the U.S. in 2015. The statistics point to California being one of the top states for such individuals.
There are certain family immigration options available to individuals who have received asylum status here in the United States. One is that, generally, if they have a child who was under the age of 21 and not married when they applied for asylum, they can request derivative asylum status for their child (such status would allow the child to live in the U.S. with them). This is the case whether the asylee is the child’s mother, father, adoptive parent (if certain timeframe rules are met) or step-parent.
A common hope among individuals applying for asylum here in the U.S. is that their request will be considered in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, things sometimes end up going a very different way. It is possible for an asylum seeker to experience a significant delay in a decision being reached in their case. When in the midst of such a delay, there are many questions a person might have, including: Can I get permission to work in the U.S. while I am waiting for a decision on my asylum request?
One thing a person who is granted asylum here in the U.S. may be concerned about is their long-term immigration situation. They may worry about how future changes in their or their home country’s circumstances might impact their ability to stay in the U.S. under asylum status. So, they might desire a more stable long-term status, such as being a green card holder.
California residents who immigrated to the United States may be interested to learn that approximately 125,000 families and an additional 115,000 children have been apprehended after attempting to relocate from Central America since 2014. According to a report that was released on June 15, it appears that many of these families and children were not given a fair chance to claim asylum.
Immigrants being detained at three California facilities and in facilities in a number of other states launched a series of hunger strikes in October 2015. Most of the detainees involved are from Africa and Asia. Some of these asylum-seekers have been detained for as long as two years as they wait for their cases to before an immigration court, and they hope that their actions bring attention to what they consider to be unreasonably long periods of detention. Some immigrant advocates are demanding that the detainees be freed on bonds.