A person who has been granted asylum by the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is free to remain in the United States. and will not be returned to his or her home country. That same person entering the United States. as an illegal alien, with no fear of persecution from another country, can be removed from the United States. This explains why some people attempt to seek asylum when in fact they have no need for this protection.
The U.S. Government is quick to point out that admission to the United States is a privilege, not a right, and INS has developed a series of regulations and guidelines for handling asylum or potential asylum cases.