February 25, 2014, - 3:58 pm
Syrian and Iraqi Muslims seeking asylum in the United States via Mexico are getting 100% approval from the Department of Homeland Security and being granted green cards, even AFTER they were rejected for tourist visas to the U.S. by U.S. Embassy officials in their native Muslim nations. It makes you wonder why we even have this process. We might as well just open the floodgates to anyone seeking entry to America. That’s basically what is happening for those who know how to game the system.
The New “Americans” . . . Courtesy of President Obama . . .
Check Out the Percentage of Muslim Asylum Seekers Granted a Golden Ticket Into the U.S. . . .
Recently, I told you about the increase in juvenile illegal aliens caught at the Southern border with Mexico and “reverse escorted” into the northern U.S. by ICE agents who are ordered to do this. The aliens know what to say and how to claim asylum, and if they don’t, they are lawyered up, once they are put in pro-illegal alien charity “shelters.” And, as I’ve noted, the Obama Administration has made it much easier for those seeking asylum to remain here and game the system forever. And, now, Muslims have learned to similarly game the asylum system from Mexico. If they are rejected by the U.S. Embassy in their home country, they know that trying it from Mexico is the charm.
In 2012, after being imprisoned and beaten [DS: how does the WSJ know this is fact? Were they there to verify? Nope.], a Syrian dissident named Mohammad fled to neighboring Lebanon, where he applied for and was denied a U.S. tourist visa. Intent on rebuilding his life with family in California, he flew to Mexico City and then Tijuana. There, he crossed the U.S. border illegally and handed himself over to a customs official, seeking asylum. Last month, the U.S. granted him that status. In a year, he will be eligible to apply for permanent U.S. residency.
With the three-year-old Syrian conflict raging on, and U.S. embassies in the Middle East increasingly denying tourist visas, more Syrians are arriving in Mexico on tourist visas and using the country as a gateway to possible U.S. asylum. A Mexican embassy spokesman “had no comment on this matter.” Some say the phenomenon underscores the need for a more coordinated international response to the Syrian crisis, while others worry it may offer too easy a path to U.S. residence for potential terrorists, given al Qaeda’s rising presence in Syria.
That’s exactly what it is. We have no idea who these people are. They can provide any name they want, and we have no way of verifying it. The WSJ reports as fact that this guy was imprisoned and beaten, but it has no way of verifying this claim, NOR do the adjudicators in Citzenship and Immigration Services at Homeland Security. But they are approving 100% of these applications and 94% of applications from Iraqis–you know, the country we “liberated” and where it’s now a fine and dandy democracy . . . and yet we recognize asylum claims from there. Why?
The Department of Homeland Security in fiscal 2013 recorded 118 Syrian “credible-fear” referrals such as Mohammad’s, up from five in fiscal 2010. In these cases, migrants declare fear of harm if returned to their home country and may stay in the U.S. while pursuing asylum. After being detained, those who pass a credible-fear interview are released to relatives and face possible deportation. The U.S., though, allows the vast majority to remain here.
That’s the Obama change to the asylum application process. He made it easier for them to just remain here while they game the system.
In fiscal 2013, the U.S. approved 94% of Syrians’ credible-fear requests; it approved every case in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Overall in fiscal 2013, 36,026 individuals from many nations sought credible-fear status, according to DHS, with 84% of those requests granted. While the number of Syrians detained at the Mexican border is tiny compared with that of Central Americans, it dwarfs arrivals from other Middle Eastern countries, such as Iraq. Immigration attorneys and refugee experts said they expect a bigger surge this year as the Syrian civil war grinds on. “In the next six months to a year, you will see even more Syrians crossing into the United States from Mexico,” said Alan Anzarouth, the San Diego immigration attorney who represented Mohammad. . . .
At a hearing focused on asylum fraud in the U.S. House last week, Republicans criticized the Obama administration for its overall rate of approval of asylum applications, which rose to 46% in 2013 from 28% in 2007. Some lawmakers also have raised concerns about the potential for terrorists entering the U.S. as refugees, after measures were announced earlier this month to relax some security rules that now disqualify some applicants.
Yup, earlier this month Obama said that if you helped terrorists, no biggie. We’ll still let you in. It’s absurd.
At the beginning of the war, it was easier for Syrians to secure U.S. visas. Those who entered the U.S. in recent years with visas to study, work or tour also have been increasingly claiming asylum. In fiscal 2013, such applications numbered 1,335, up from 36 in 2010.But as the conflict has flared, the U.S. has denied a higher proportion of Syrian visa requests: 46% in fiscal 2013 compared with 28% three years earlier. Many don’t qualify because they can’t prove they will return home after visiting the U.S. Thus, hundreds of Syrians, including women and children, have begun to show up at the U.S.-Mexico border prepared to seek asylum. . . .
At a Jan. 27 trial, a U.S. immigration judge granted him [Mohammad] asylum, terminating his deportation case. Five years from now, he can apply for U.S. citizenship.
And Mohammad’s case is one of those in which Homeland Security didn’t grant him asylum and he challenged it to an immigration judge. Yes, these illegal aliens get several bites at the apple. Because our immigration system is a joke.
And, yet, Obama and the Republicans keep pushing for “immigration reform” that is anything but.
Look for hundreds and thousands of Muslims to come to the Mexican border and do the same thing.
Shukran [Thanks], America! . . .
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