You arrive at the southern U.S. border. You ask the border officer for help, you say you are afraid. Or, you cross the border and turn yourself in to officials. The moment you request protection, you are an asylum seeker. America’s laws require that you be granted an interview with an asylum officer, in which you will need to show a “credible fear” that the persecution you claim is real. You will need to go through immigration court proceedings, and win your case by bringing forward all the evidence you can compile to show your situation merits asylum.
It is not illegal to seek asylum.
Written in response to Reuter’s article.