The number of people who have been permitted to remain in the United States while awaiting adjudication of their asylum claims has declined under President Trump from about 20 percent to under one percent, according to Fox News. The vast majority, under Trump’s new system, just stay in Mexico while they wait for their court date.
Claiming asylum is used extensively to game the immigration system. Fewer are even trying the tactic because they do not get released into the United States.
Meanwhile little-reported is that the number of people illegally crossing into the United States has declined drastically since the border crisis in the spring. Only 42,649 people were apprehended or showed up to claim asylum along the U.S.-Mexico border in November, down from 144,116 in May.