That is what Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform told Fox News in a more detailed article yesterday on the latest scam at the US Mexico border. (See our earlier reports here and here.)
Here is William La Jeunesse at Fox News (emphasis is mine) thanks to reader ‘pungentpeppers’:
Sources say one day last week, 200 border-crossers came through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry claiming asylum while and as many as 550 overflowed inside the processing center there and in nearby San Ysidro.
“People were sleeping on floors – they had nowhere 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.”
At a hotel near San Diego — which Fox News agreed not to identify for security reasons — ICE vans arrived several times over the weekend with immigrant families. They were escorted to the second floor by two armed, uniformed agents. Two border agents secured the entrance and side door.
Documents obtained by Fox News show that recently on a single day, dozens of illegal immigrants were being transferred to an area hotel where rooms cost $99 a night. Others were released to addresses in Texas, Florida and even Brooklyn, N.Y.
ICE sources say the addresses are almost always bogus. When they don’t show up for court, they are removed by an immigration judge in absentia.
Most of the immigrants came from Mexico, but others listed their native country as Haiti, Romania, Guatemala and Iraq. Some were over age 50, others were under a year old. Thirty were transported to a hotel. Seventy were released around the country.
One question I have is how did all these other illegal aliens from places like Iraq get into Mexico in the first place? Haven’t we been told the Mexican government strictly enforces its borders?
“Orchestrated sham!” Will crash the system!
It is during this time – during removal proceedings – when illegal immigrants are released. Many don’t show up, as 91 percent of asylum claims from Mexico are denied.
Asylum claims from Mexico are highly unusual and critics say this is an orchestrated sham – it’s not about getting asylum, they say, but about overwhelming the system and getting a free pass into the U.S. and a court date for which no one will show up.
“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 of another, they just blend back into the community.”
ICE sources say an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 illegal immigrants a year do not show up for their court date and disappear into the U.S. [Of course this is why countries like Australia build detention facilities.—ed]
The number of asylum claims is on the rise, almost tripling the last four years. Most come from Chinese, Egyptian and Ethiopian immigrants. Fewer than 200 a year come from Mexico, let alone 200 in a day. However, by claiming they have a “credible fear of persecution” if returned to Mexico, the immigrant is entitled to a series of interviews, hearings, proceedings and appeals that can drag on for years.
Let them loose in your town!
“The orders from Washington are to simply turn these people loose,” said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. “All you have to say is you qualify for the Dream Act and/or you intend to apply, and they’re instructed by their higher-ups to simply turn these people loose, to set them free and let them pursue any path they want.”
There are 57 immigration courts and 231 immigration judges. Immigration courts handle 280,000 proceedings each year — an average of 1,243 per year per judge, or four decisions per day.
Asylum can be granted if the applicant has suffered past persecution or has a “well-founded fear of persecution” on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group, or political opinion in their native country.
There is nothing in that definition of asylum that says anything about protecting people from run-of-the-mill crime in whatever hell-hole they come from!
Daily readers of RRW know this same asylum scam is going on across the civilized world.
Let’s just hope this particular stunt has gone too far, and that “they” (whoever they are working to destabilize nations) have now overplayed their hand and the average citizen will wake up to the “refugee” scam going on not just in the US, but Canada, Europe, Australia and anywhere else where the rule of law has banished chaos and the population is generally prosperous as a result.