Skip to comments.Report: 'Vast majority' of asylum claims granted
Posted on 07/18/2014 9:57:21 AM PDT by PoloSec
Democrats who oppose changing the law to allow quicker removals of families and unaccompanied young people illegally crossing the southwestern border into the U.S. often argue that those entering the country illegally are entitled to a "day in court."
The illegal immigrants "should be given their days in court," said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday. "The kids should have their day in court," said Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro before a White House meeting this week. Young people should be given "a meaningful day in court to protect their rights under our laws," added Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez.
Now, new numbers released by the House Judiciary Committee show the "vast majority" of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum are granted it before even appearing before a judge. "Information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that shows 65 percent of unaccompanied alien minors' asylum applications have been immediately approved by asylum officers in Fiscal Year 2014," says a Judiciary Committee statement. "And this is just the first bite of the apple. Many more cases can be approved later. Where an asylum officer does not approve the application, it is then referred to an immigration judge where the applicant can try again. If that fails, they can continue to appeal their case."
The Judiciary Committee says asylum approval rates have "increased dramatically" under the Obama administration. Overall, according to the committee statement, "Approval rates by asylum officers have increased from 28 percent in 2007 to 46 percent in 2013 and approval rates by immigration judges in affirmative cases have increased from 51 percent in 2007 to 74 percent in 2013." And that does not count appeals.
"Once individuals are granted asylum," the report notes, "they have access to all major federal welfare programs."
Complicating matters, according to the committee, is the rate of fraud in asylum cases. The committee says "an internal Department of Homeland Security report" has shown that "at least 70 percent of asylum cases contain proven or possible fraud."
"President Obama's refusal to crack down on rampant asylum fraud is one of the many reasons we are witnessing a surge of Central Americans seeking to enter the U.S. illegally at the border," said the Judiciary Committee chairman, Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, in a statement. "New data showing that the vast majority of Central Americans' asylum claims are immediately approved will only worsen the situation along our southern border by encouraging more to come and take advantage of the situation."
This is no shock. Obama has packed the courts. I expect almost all of them already here, and on their way, will get to stay.
It is so fun to sit back and watch this travesty. Nottttttttt!
Voter ID laws are the next to DIE
Not if one is a persecuted Christian in a Muslim influenced country. I believe the United Nations has been allowed to set US policy standards when it comes to Asylum seeking and who is considered a refugee and who then qualifies to come and or stay in the US; and Christians for the most part need not apply while Muslims in Muslim countries have the carpets rolled out.
They may be granted a “day in court”, but when that day is off in some far distant future, and they may not even show up for the obligatory hearing, what are we to do?
It is like a “catch and release” on an anthill. And they still keep on boiling out of the exit point....
“Now, new numbers released by the House Judiciary Committee show the “vast majority” of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum are granted it before even appearing before a judge.”
This was the plan all along. The `due process’ argument is a joke. This is amnesty by other means: what King Obama threatened to do when frustrated by checks-and-balances.
OK, one more time: What do you get when you reward bad behavior?
If you think things are bad now, just wait until we have a dozen—or two dozen— more for every central American who has walked across our border—and all claiming `political asylum’.
Our founding fathers must be spinning in their graves, along with George S Patton and every other patriot who risked his life to preserve the USA and our way of life. I’m so angry I can barely think or type.
Gringos are idiots.
Not if you are a homeschooling family fleeing persecution in Germany, either.
“Asylum” is just the commie lib DemocRAT way of saying AMNESTY.