Fox News host Laura Ingraham mangled U.S. asylum laws by advising immigrants to stay in their own countries to apply for asylum on her March 6 broadcast:
If you want to apply for asylum, that’s fine. But you should do so in the safety of your home country or, as is beginning to happen now, once you’re in the United States and you declare [asylum], you should be sent to Mexico until your case comes up for hearing. We have a backlog right now of 800,000 immigration cases…
If someone crosses the border illegally, they should be turned back immediately. Family units or people posing as family units would not make this dangerous trek once word spread in their home country.
ThinkProgress notes how U.S. law allows immigrants — fleeing their countries for U.S. asylum — to file for asylum in the U.S.:
[Any person] physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival and including an alien who is brought to the United States after having been interdicted in international or United States waters), irrespective of such alien’s status, may apply for asylum.