What portion of all U.S. asylum seekers who claim they have a "credible fear of persecution or torture" in their homelands receives a grant of asylum?
The "credible fear" standard allows people who enter the U.S. without permission to stay if they "have been persecuted or have a well-founded fear of persecution" because of their "race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion if returned" to their homelands. In 2019, associate ICE director Nathalie R. Asher testified to Congress that "about 12 out of every 100 credible fear claims result in a grant of asylum." She also testified that the current asylum law "creates a pull factor" for illegal immigration because it allows "those without valid claims to remain in the United States." She added that this situation "inhibits the government's ability" to address legitimate claims in a timely manner.