Syrians Seek U.S. Asylum via Mexico – Miriam Jordan (Wall Street Journal)
More Syrians are arriving in Mexico on tourist visas and using the country as a gateway to possible U.S. asylum.
The Department of Homeland Security in fiscal 2013 recorded 118 Syrian “credible-fear” referrals, up from five in fiscal 2010. In these cases, migrants declare fear of harm if returned to their home country and may stay in the U.S. while pursuing asylum.
In fiscal 2013, the U.S. approved 94% of Syrians’ credible-fear requests; it approved every case in the first quarter of fiscal 2014.