The fact that the use of a single word, “asylum”, by an illegal alien will circumvent our entire immigration system is a flaw in our system which the Obama regime is exploiting feverishly in their program to flood the United States with dependent foreigner.
The distortion of the asylum process into an open invitation to an imported dependent population has been the method through which the Obama regime has wrapped themselves in a false veil of legitimacy as they flood our nation with illegal aliens, particularly from Central America.
In a Fox News report, Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council said, “Almost anyone at all can call themselves an asylum seeker and get in. It’s a global joke. It’s not border security if anyone can recite the magic words and get waved right on in.”
Current open-borders policy allows anyone using that particular magic word to enter and receive a work authorization, a social security number and card as well as a multitude of taxpayer-funded benefits, including SSI, EBT (food stamps), welfare and Medicaid. Some of these giveaways aren’t even available to legal residents. It’s intended as an enticement to persuade illegals to violate our border to receive a free ride on the backs of the American people in return for anticipated Democrat votes and an overloading of our society.
Last year the House Judiciary Committee learned that an internal DHS report found at least seventy percent of asylum cases contained proven or possible fraud yet over ninety percent of applications are approved. In addition, denied applications can be appealed, incredibly, upon a basis of “credible fear,” which provides even more time for the asylum seeker to roam the country, doing as they please and working in competition with Americans and lowering wages. Clearly the intent is to not to grant legitimate asylum but to provide an easy means of defeating U.S. immigration law.
Rep Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said, “Unfortunately our generous asylum polices have become subject to ever increasing levels of abuse largely due to the Obama Administration’s pattern of rubber stamping “credible fear” claims and asylum cases. Instead of detaining asylum seekers while the government determines whether their cases are legitimate, the Obama administration simply releases them into the United States.” As a result, the Committee reports that “credible fear” claims have surged by 586 percent.
Jessica Vaughn, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies described the situation as “It’s the second bite out of the apple. You just have to be on the docket to derive the benefits. But before 2009, there wasn’t an incentive. People don’t come here to sit in detention; they come here for the work permits.”
Once again Obama regime lawbreaking is at the root of the problem. The Center for Immigration Studies found a 300% increase in the number of work permits issued since 2008. The reason is simple, in December of 2009 then-ICE Director John Morton decreed that those awaiting processing would no longer be detained and would be free to work and travel anywhere within the country. It’s the next best thing to being a citizen. Jessica Vaughn noted that the law requires asylum seekers to remain in custody, but once again, under the Obama regime, policy memorandums supersede legislation.
Jan Ting, a Temple University law professor described the abuse, saying, “Asylum is the trump card of immigration. Credible fear was an informal procedure intended to keep people out, what’s it’s doing now is letting people in. People have learned the right words and phrases, whether true or not.”
“A natural disaster or flood of bullets flying around your neighborhood doesn’t meet the standard,” said Ting. “If the government wanted to deter illegal immigration, they would alter the cost-benefit analysis. Instead, they are looking for ways to help them stay.”
Professor Ting described the current situation as both a legal and economic “formula for permanent dysfunction” and partially to blame for the dearth of American jobs and low wages, adding, “It isn’t border security if all you need is a story.”
Source – Fox News
Rick Wells is a conservative writer who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats.