http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/1...-claiming-asylum-overwhelms-border-officials/ The number of asylum claims is on the rise, almost tripling the last four years. Most come from Chinese, Egyptian and Ethiopian immigrants. Fewer than 200 a year come from Mexico, let alone 200 in a day. However, by claiming they have a “credible fear of persecution” if returned to Mexico, the immigrant is entitled to a series of interviews, hearings, proceedings and appeals that can drag on for years. The initial evaluation usually is done in the border processing center by an asylum officer employed by USCIS. An immigration spokesman said last week: "The legal threshold for ‘credible fear’ is broad and low to ensure individuals who may face a 'significant possibility' of persecution ... have the opportunity to have their case heard before an immigration judge." Last week, an asylum officer heard the claims of the "Dream 9," nine Mexican nationals brought to the U.S. as children. Even though seven of the nine lived, worked and went to school in Mexico without incident, they were granted asylum. Most thought they would be deported. I think it's time we imposed a immigration tax on federal government workers salaries and pensions to help pay for the cost of housing illegals and then tracking them down after they are released. If they can't enforce the laws effectively, they should pay for their failures.