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Given President Trump's mean-spirited and often bigoted attitudes on immigration, it pains me to say that he is right that the United States faces a crisis with its asylum system.Since 2014, the flow of asylum-seekers into the United States has skyrocketed. Last year, immigration courts received 160,0000 asylum claims, a 240 percent increase from 2014 . The result is a staggering backlog in immigration courts, with more than 300,000 asylum cases pending, and the average immigration case has been pending for more than 700 days.The United States has an elaborate immigration system that takes in about 1 million people legally every year.These looser criteria, coupled with the reality that it is a safe way to enter the United States, have made the asylum system easy to abuse.The criteria for asylum need to be rewritten and substantially tightened.People should not be able to use asylum claims as a way to work in America.
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