Asylum in the U.S.
There are people
in the world who are being persecuted, killed,
targeted, maimed or are experiencing genocide,
etc. When the first immigrants came to the US,
they were seeking protection and safety to
practice their religious beliefs. Our country
was founded on the principles of freedom. Today,
Political Asylum still exists for foreign
persons seeking protection from persecution or
fear of persecution based on race, religion,
nationality, membership in a particular social
group or political opinion. In general terms, it
must be the government of the foreign country
that is persecuting them, or failing to protect
them from persecution.
A person may apply for Political Asylum
affirmatively by applying directly to US
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Any application must be supported by as much
documentary evidence as possible. It is
difficult to obtain documentary evidence when a
person is fleeing for his/her life. If the
application is denied by USCIS, the person will
probably be placed into removal/deportation
proceedings before the immigration court. The
application for Political Asylum can then be
renewed before the immigration court and a full
trial will be held with witnesses and testimony.
Many people do not take the risk of applying
affirmatively for Political Asylum, because, if
they lose their case and are denied, they have
effectively placed themselves into
removal/deportation proceedings. If they lose
the removal/deportation proceeding trial, they
will be removed/deported from the US.
people wait to apply for Political Asylum as a
last resort. If they are already in
removal/deportation proceedings, then they may
also apply for Political Asylum for the very
first time before the immigration court. Since
there are other ways to become legal in the US,
many people prefer to start a family-sponsor
case or an employer-sponsor case. It is very
difficult to win a Political Asylum case, and
obtaining witness testimony and documentary
evidence can be very difficult.
In general, with a few exceptions, in order to
apply for Political Asylum, a person must
affirmatively apply within one year of arriving
in the U.S.