The AP reports that critics of current immigration reform efforts in Washington are claiming that immigrants are using this credible fear claim seeking asylum as a loophole to gain legal entry into the U.S.
"Frankly, I don't think the House should pass any bill until the administration shows its willingness to confront and fix this problem," said Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions. "This is a direct threat to the orderly administration of our immigration law."
In order to win asylum in the U.S., an immigrant must prove they are being persecuted because of race, religion, political view, nationality or membership in a particular social group. They also must prove that their government is either part of the persecution or unable or unwilling to protect them.