A new report finds that almost all the “asylum” claims by members of the so-called “migrant caravan”are bogus.
According to numbers from the Department of Homeland Security, only a tiny 9 percent of the asylum claims filed by members of the migrant caravan are legitimate. Fully 91 percent are false.
According to Townhall:
“The low statutory requirements and legal loopholes in our laws encourage aliens to claim credible fear at our Southern border knowing they will be promptly released into the interior with work permits pending the determination of their full claim. In recent years, data shows that more than 65 percent of asylum seekers at our border are from Central America – of those 89 percent pass their initial credible-fear interview,” DHS spokesperson Katie Waldman released Thursday afternoon. “Yet, the harsh reality is that 31 percent of aliens who pass that initial interview do not even show up for their hearing, while a staggering 40 percent of aliens who pass their initial interview do not even file an application.”
DHS goes on to add…
“Ultimately, only 9 percent of Northern Triangle petitioners are found eligible for asylum by a judge – leaving 91 percent ineligible for asylum,” she continued. “The fact that only 9 percent of those who initially claim asylum are found eligible, indicates that we are expending most of our limited resources – detention space, court space and the time of our asylum officers and immigration judges – denying frivolous or illegitimate claims of asylum from the 9 out of 10 who are found ineligible.”
Current federal law requires illegal aliens traveling with their children form certain countries in Central America should be released into the U.S. after a 20-day detention while the government considers their asylum claims.
“Where are those 91 percent today? While some are properly removed from the U.S. by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), many of those who are released on a promise to appear in court disappear into the country’s interior to live and work illegally. In FY17, only 1 percent of the 226,119 removals conducted by ICE were on Alternatives to Detention,” the DHS spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, migrants are demanding that the U.S. speed up its asylum consideration process claiming that they are “victims of repression.”
But, the fact is, most of these people are economic migrants, people who are just looking for better jobs to make more money than they do back in their country where they belong. Even CBS admitted that “fleeing extreme poverty [is] not a condition for asylum or refugee status in the U.S.”
But the migrants feel justified in their quest to illegally enter the U.S.
“It has not been easy to leave our countries, to leave part of our family behind, to expose our children and to walk through unknown places in order to have a chance to live in the United States or other countries that can give us an opportunity to work an honest job and offer a better future to our children,” a representative for the migrants said. “We want them to have access to education, healthcare and a life without threats.”
Sorry. Wanting a better job does not qualify you for political asylum.
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