Seeking Asylum: Part 1
The U.S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC) at UC San Diego conducts and supports rigorous social science research to advance understanding of the foundations and consequences of U.S. immigration policy. In April 2019, the USIPC partnered with the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN). The SDRRN is a coalition of human rights and service organizations, attorneys, and community leaders dedicated to aiding immigrants and their families in the San Diego border region. The SDRRN operates a shelter that provides assistance to asylum seekers and their families who have been admitted into the U.S. From October 2018 through June 2019, the SDRRN assisted approximately 7,300 asylum-seeking heads of households. While some of these individuals have sought asylum in the U.S. alone, the large majority have been families. Altogether, the SDRRN has assisted over 17,000 asylum seekers and their families. This includes 7,900 children five years or younger. The USIPC independently analyzed intake data for the universe of these individuals, focusing on intake forms administered by the SDRRN to the asylum-seeking heads of households.
Wong, Tom K., Sebastian Bonilla, and Anna Colemana. (2019). Seeking Asylum: Part 1. La Jolla, CA: U.S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC) at UC San Diego.