As reported to Fox news, there has been a huge influx of asylum seekers coming to the U.S. So much so that the border crossings have to shut down periodically to handle the influx.
Officials are left wondering what the cause is behind this increase. Apparently someone has told the asylum seekers that they can gain access to the U.S. by saying a few key words. All they have to do is say they are seeking asylum due to a “credible fear of the drug cartels.” While their is a war going on between the cartels in Mexico, this increase goes above and beyond the normal requests.
“This clearly has to have been orchestrated by somebody,” said former U.S. Attorney for Southern CA. Peter Nunez. “It’s beyond belief that dozens or hundreds or thousands of people would simultaneously decide that hey should go to the U.S. and make this claim.”
Sources according to Fox News, say that one day last week, 200 border crossers came through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry claiming asylum while as many as 500 overflowed inside the processing center there and in nearby San Ysidro.
“People sleeping sleeping on the floors, there was no where to put them.” said one source, a long time border agent and supervisor. “This shouldn’t be Happening. Unless there is an immediate and well publicized policy change, this situation will become another debacle.”
There are so many asylum seekers coming in that ICE has been forced to put families up in a hotel in San Diego. ICE has secured the second floor of this un-named hotel. There are armed agents guarding the doors. As they are processed a court date is set then they are released to an address provided by the asylum seekers. Some the the addresses are as far away as NY and FL. Others are in TX and CA. One ICE agent confided that almost all addresses are fake and they know it. Once the court date arrives, if they don’t show, the court tries them in absentia and issues a bench warrant for their arrest.
Most of the immigrants come from Mexico, of course. Others come from Haiti, Romania, Guatemala, and Iraq. Their ages range from over 50 to under a year old.
Homeland Security press office gave the following statement when asked about the situation in San Diego,”Credible fear determinations are dictated by long standing statute, not an issuance of discretion. The USCIS officer must find that a ‘significant possibility’ exists that the individual may be found eligible for asylum or withholding or removal.”
“If the credible fear threshold is met, the individual is placed into removal proceedings in immigration court. The final decision on asylum rest with an immigration judge.”
The immigrants are released during the time they are put in the removal procedure awaiting a court date, that they are released to return later for court. Almost all don’t ever show.
“Hundreds of thousands of people have never returned and the list of people for whom warrants are outstanding is phenomenal,” said Nunez. “We have a long history of people absconding from immigration hearings of one sort or another, they just blend back into the community.”
ICE estimates that 600,000 to 800,000 illegal immigrants a year are no shows for their court dates. They just blend in and disappear throughout the U.S.
The Immigration courts are swamped with requests. There are 57 immigration courts and 231 judges. Immigration courts handle approximately 280,000 cases per year. The is an average of 1.243 cases per judge per year, or four decisions per day. These cases are all immigration cases not just Asylum.
During the fiscal year of 2009 USCIS received just 5,369 requests for asylum. As of the end of May the agency has already received 19,119 requests. They expect to have more than 28,600 by September 30, the end of the fiscal year.
This new phenomenon is off the charts. At the current pace of 200 asylum seekers at just one border crossing on one day equals 73, 000 people a year. This is close to 3X the total from all border crossings!
Congress is currently out for their summer break. When they return to Washington, they will have before them the task of working on reforming the immigration system. Which does seriously need to be overhauled. Granting asylum to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S. makes no sense. No matter which way you look at it, there is no benefit to doing this. The only result will be to tax an already overwhelmed system even more. An increase in the Border Agents and the securing the border should and must be a top priority. Asylum should not be anywhere in this bill to be granted across the board.
Fox News and Breitbart News contributed to this article.