Asylum requests in the United States have more than doubled over the last three years, according to The Huffington Post.
The federal government released figures on Friday that indicated immigrants along the Southwest border with Mexico are seeking legal entry into the U.S. by claiming they fear persecution back home. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security reported that these claims reached 14,610 by the end of June.
According to the Associated Press, these numbers represent what is known as "defensive" applications -- foreigners who are outside the U.S. arrive at ports of entry seeking asylum.. "Defensive" applications do not include "affirmative" applications, which are filed by immigrants who are presently in the U.S., but do not have permanent legal status.
These asylum figures were released to dispute Fox News' report that large numbers of Mexican citizens have been showing up at San Diego ports of entry recently to seek asylum.