To the Editor:
In “Who Deserves Asylum?” [June] Mark Krikorian expresses concern about public support for political asylum being undermined, and then proceeds to bash the institution itself. His article attempts to alarm people by throwing out figures like “110 million” and “one-fifth of the world’s women,” when in fact the United States has no intention of granting asylum to hundreds of millions of people every year.
As even Mr. Krikorian points out, only 12,477 individuals were granted political asylum in the United States in 1995. By law only 10,000 asylees a year can move to permanent resident status, and that number is then subtracted from the annual numerical limit on refugees agreed upon by the President and Congress.
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