The number of people from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala seeking asylum in the United States has quadrupled in the past five years, Fox News Latino reports. This number comes from internal figures from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which were obtained by The Associated Press.
A draft testimony that was meant for Joseph Langlois, Associate Director for the USCIS, reveals that the agency received more than 19,119 asylum requests through the end of May.
According to FNL, the agency anticipates receiving more than 28,600 by the end of the fiscal year. USCIS, a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security, reportedly received just 5,369 such requests during the 2009 budget year.