Report: Asylum requests in Georgia increase

ATLANTA (AP) - The number of Mexican nationals seeking asylum in Georgia has increased since the state passed a law cracking down on illegal immigrants.

That's according to a report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which found 224 Mexicans have filed asylum applications in Atlanta's immigration court in the fiscal year that began in October. That is compared to 59 such applications filed in the previous year.

The newspaper reports the six judges at Atlanta's immigration court have an average denial rate of about 80%.

The law makes asylum available to a person who can show he or she has a credible fear of being persecuted for race, religion, nationality, political affiliation or membership in a particular social group.

The newspaper says a number of applicants are citing drug violence in Mexico.

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