Manhattan —

The number of immigrants seeking political asylum has more than doubled since 2012, according to Department of Homeland Security data. After reaching a deal to re-open the government, President Obama said, “We still need to pass a law to fix our broken immigration system before this year is out.”

Relatives of detained Mexican immigrants seeking asylum rallied in front of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Manhattan office in search of help for their loved ones and immigration reform.