"...statistics show that between 2004 and 2008, 45 Americans submitted asylum applications to the UK Border Agency claiming they had fled the US and were unable to go back because they had a well-founded fear of persecution. Fifteen Canadians also applied. All 60 were turned down.
A US government source said the American applications were most likely submitted by self-declared "political refugees" claiming they faced discrimination under the last administration. The applications from the US peaked in 2008, the final year of George Bush's presidency, when 15 Americans submitted asylum claims.
Between 2004 and 2008 there were 132,640 asylum claims made in the UK, according to government statistics.
The Home Office refused to reveal the rationale behind the claims or why they were refused, saying a manual search of the records would be required, exceeding the time limit for Freedom of Information requests..." (source)
As you read this, did you totally get a mental image of these nut bags? I'm wondering if I should email the gal that wrote the article --she's looking to interview any of the 45...I'll tell her I think they're all pictured here).
Truthfully, I'd love to interview one of them too... Did they return triumphantly the day Bushy left wearing a Hope & Change shirt or are they still locked in a storm cellar somewhere paranoid of America regardless of who is at her helm?
(photo: Zombie, of course)