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Immigration Asylum Claims Have Skyrocketed by 1,744% Since 2009

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The utilization of asylum rights by otherwise illegal immigrants threatens to fundamentally erase the distinction between legal and illegal immigration and create a viable pathway for nearly anyone from an impoverished or troubled country to secure legal residence in the United States.

Data from U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services has revealed how asylum claims have increased exponentially since 2009- by the order of a massive 1,744%. Claiming asylum usually involves claiming a fear of persecution in one’s home country, providing a legal means to establish American residency.

A spokeswoman with the federal agency recently spoke to Conservative Review about the exponentially growing abuse of the American asylum system by migrants, many of whom have recently come from Central American countries like Nicaragua and Honduras.

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The extremely low bar for establishing credible fear is ripe for fraud and abuse. This is because once an individual overcomes this low threshold, the vast majority are then referred to an immigration judge and most are released on a promise to appear for a court date weeks, months, or years down the line, regardless of whether they plan to show up. In other words, a credible fear referral doesn’t equal asylum status, but it does earn a free ticket into the U.S., allowing individuals to disappear into the interior to live and work illegally.”

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The signifigance of the flawed asylum laws in creating the issue is hard to understate, as USCIS figures estimate there are more than 230,000 open asylum court cases, six times as many as there were in 2009.

Did political conditions in countries such as Nicaragua and Honduras worsen to the point where six times as many people have a need to flee genuine persecution there? Or did migrants discover an effective, albeit costly and less-than-honest, means to legally migrate to the United States through the back door?

The use of asylum claims is a major component of the recent surge of illegal immigration to the United States, most famously exhibited in the large ‘caravans.’ Illegal border crossings now threaten to surpass the records set under George W. Bush’s presidency, despite inaccurate claims (usually using data that ends in 2014) from mainstream media that border crossings are down.

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SUV Carrying 27 People Crashes with Semi Truck Near Mexican Border, At Least 15 Killed

A tragedy that could’ve been avoided.

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A Tuesday morning crash involving an SUV and a semi truck has killed at least 15 people.

The crash occurred near Holtville, California, a town close to both the Arizona border and the US-Mexico border. The SUV, according to the New York Times, pulled into the path of the semi at an intersection.

14 of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while another died at the hospital. At least six other victims are currently receiving treatment at the hospital as well.

It is believed that 27 passengers were packed inside the SUV, which had a maximum legal capacity of seven to eight people. Because of this and the crash’s proximity to the US-Mexico border, it is probable that the passengers were illegal immigrants being smuggled into the United States.

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The California Highway Patrol has not officially confirmed their immigration status because it is still under investigation, but Dr. Adolphe Edward of the El Centro Regional Medical Center said he believes the victims to be illegal aliens.

Big League Politics is closely following the illegal immigration crisis that’s been brewing since Joe Biden’s assumption of the White House. We recently reported on how the Border Patrol expects 13,000 illegal alien minors to arrive at the US-Mexico border in just the month of May. We also reported on Biden’s DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claiming that he didn’t think the situation at the border constitutes a crisis:

Another reporter asked Mayorkas if he thought there was a crisis at the border, to which he replied: “I think that the answer is no. I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing, and we have our resources dedicated to managing it.” Despite the reporter’s pushback on his claim, Mayorkas reiterated that his team was working “around the clock” to address the issues confronting the DHS and that the level of illegal immigrants coming across the border constitutes a challenge, not a crisis.

Illegal immigration is harmful to both the nation and the migrants. Tuesday’s accident near the border was a tragedy that could’ve been avoided.

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