Political Asylum:

A Refugee is defined as any person outside his or her country of nationality, who because of a “well founded fear of persecution” on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, is unable or unwilling to return to that country, or is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of that country. When an individual is in the United States they can file for Asylum, provided they file their application within one (1) year of their entry.