Ted Hesson
ABC News
August 19, 2013

The number of people seeking asylum at the Southwest border has doubled since 2011, according to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

There have been 14,610 asylum claims along the border with Mexico during the first three-quarters of the 2013 fiscal year. In 2011, there were 6,824.

These numbers represent only “defensive” asylum claims — those that are made at the ports of entry into the U.S. They don’t include asylum claims made by people who are already living in the country without authorization.

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