Opening a floodgate of asylum seekers
The number of asylum seekers who turn up at the U.S. border and are allowed entry is up a whopping 900 percent in less than 10 years, based on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services figures.
And once in, those citing “credible fears” about returning to their homelands — primarily El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — become eligible for a plethora of U.S. services, including Social Security, welfare, school loans, Medicaid and green cards, the Washington Examiner reports.
But while 90 percent of these aliens are granted asylum, only 30 percent of the requests were “fraud free,” according to House testimony cited by the Center for Immigration Studies in a new report.
“Unfortunately … because of our well justified reputation for compassion, many people are attempting to file fraudulent claims just so they can get a free pass into the United States,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. That attraction has been a boon for smugglers, who are paid handsomely to facilitate aliens’ passage to the U.S. border.
But aliens seeking asylum still have to get into the country, right? That detail has been eased by the Obama administration, which in 2009 issued an executive order that provides a “grant of parole” into the U.S. to asylum seekers, notes CIS policy studies director Jessica Vaughan. Previously they had to remain in custody pending a review.
The question is, how much fraud has to be detected before asylum scrutiny is reinstated?
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