In July, I wrote Asylum Claims Soar; Everyone Wants to Come to America about the Associated Press’ alarming report that during the last five years asylum claims have quadrupled.
According to Associate Director Joseph Langlois of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency received more than 19,119 asylum requests through May. USCIS anticipates receiving 28,600 more by fiscal year-end September. During fiscal 2009, the agency received just 5,369 such requests.
Asylum claims have always been rife with fraud. Historically, deceitful applications have been the work of single individuals. But in recent days, facts have surfaced that many fraudulent applications are part of the Mexican government’s coordinated effort with the United States. While asylees come from all parts of the world, a sudden surge in arrivals from Mexico has caught the attention of USCIS.
According to sources within USCIS, border crossers have been tutored in Mexico to say the magic words – that they have a “credible fear of persecution,” presumably from drug cartels. Mexico knows that once those words are said, most asylees will be released.
Evidence is mounting that a plot to circumvent immigration laws is in place. Two weeks ago, 200 border crossers entered through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry at San Diego-Tijuana claiming asylum, while as many as 550 more overflowed inside the processing center there and in San Ysidro.
Said Peter Nunez, former U.S. Attorney for Southern California:
This clearly has to have been orchestrated by somebody. It’s beyond belief that dozens or thousands of people would simultaneously decide they should go to the U.S. and make this claim.
In an outrageous footnote, U.S. taxpayers footed the bill for dozens of illegal immigrants in San Diego hotel rooms at $99 a night. Worse, Judicial Watch reports that Mexicans can buy a $300 video that instructs them exactly what to say and do to maximize their chances of staying in the U.S.
Once the scammers utter “credible fear,” ICE admits them. The aliens receive court dates, which they ignore. According to ICE, 600,000 to 800,000 aliens fail to appear and are assumed at large within the U.S.
Despite the obvious deception, the White House has taken no steps to intercede. Looking the other way at thousands of fraudulent asylum applications and admitting the petitioners is consistent with the White House’s open borders mindset. With the administration's blessing, the Department of Homeland Security has already created prosecutorial discretion and deferred action for childhood arrivals.
Seemingly forgotten in the latest abuse of immigration law is that the burden of proof is on the asylum petitioners. Few aliens can make a compelling case that they have “credible fear.” Those who falsely apply are easily exposed and should be immediately returned to their native countries instead of given a meaningless order to appear in court.