Asylum Claims Surge 800% Despite 30% Drop In Central American Murders, Violence

Demands for asylum from Central American immigrants claiming fear of murder and violence back home have surged over 800 percent, despite a massive drop in murder and violence in that region, according to Justice Department and United Nations statistics.

In what critics charge is the clearest sign that immigrants are gaming the system, those seeking asylum from just three countries — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — hit an all-time high of 76,023 in fiscal year 2017.