For immigration lawyers, these are heady times.
Since January 2021, when the Biden regime moved into the White House, the Department of Homeland Security has, by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ own shameless admission, released 836,000 illegal aliens inside. The staggering total includes 398,861 discharged since October 1, the start of the fiscal year, and also has 80,116 admitted in March alone.
Excluded from these totals are getaways; estimates vary, but several hundred thousand fall into this category. This staggering total of admissions exceeds the population of each of the cities of San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Boston and Washington, DC, and each of the states of Wyoming and Vermont.
Imagine the impatience that the community of lawyers specializing in immigration law must have when thinking of the costs that these foreigners could generate! In some companies, $1,000 an hour only buys a preliminary consultation. And the good times will keep rolling! Once Biden removes Title 42, as he is determined to do, about 18,000 foreigners are likely to enter the United States daily, most in need of an attorney.
Enterprising immigration lawyers could make a living from Haitian applicants alone. Most Haitians, like others eagerly awaiting admission after Title 42, will seek asylum. But a sizable percentage of Haitians who will file claims have already been granted asylum from South American countries like Chile, and have long resided in those countries.
But for Haitians/Chileans, Biden’s lure for foreign nationals to live in America is irresistible. On their journey north, after reaching the Del Rio Bridge, they throw their asylum documents into the river. The low-risk, but nonetheless fraudulent, effort to eliminate any hint that they had already been granted asylum in a stable, democratic country could pay off one day with US citizenship.
Unbeknownst to the general public, asylum fraud is one of the biggest hoaxes in a US immigration system where almost anything goes. The simple words “credible fear” spoken to an immigration officer can be the first step to life in the United States. Few, however, flee real persecution or life-threatening violence. They have been coached, often by the smugglers to whom they have paid thousands of dollars, to say the magic words that will figuratively bring them the keys to the American kingdom.
The stark reality is that of the thousands gathered at the border and the thousands more en route, few are legally eligible for asylum. They are economic migrants seeking to improve their lives and not, as the Refugee Act 1980 states, people with a well-established fear of persecution “on account of their race, religion, their nationality, their membership of a particular social group or their political opinions”. .”
Under the current administration, as voters head to midterm polls, it’s important to know the difference between refugees and legitimate asylum seekers. Refugees are — or were until Biden allowed admission of mostly unscreened Afghans and Ukrainians — thoroughly vetted before coming to the United States. If they are deemed insufficient, they may be denied refugee status before setting foot in this country.
On the other hand, aliens who enter illegally and falsely claim to have “credible fear” have not been screened or have only been screened superficially before physically entering the United States. The current process is easily vulnerable to fraud and abuse. Fraudulent asylum claims, in addition to generous benefits given to those who may not deserve them, undermine and delay the processing of legitimate appeals from individuals who truly have a credible fear.
The growing number of migrants, whether entering the country legally or illegally, is a preliminary total. Once inside the United States, chain migration – the main source of immigration – will increase the number by at least a factor of three.
In 2018, The New York Times published a remarkable, but not exaggerated, story about a single Indian immigrant who arrived in 1968 at age 23, and 50 years later has 90 family members who have joined him. Also consider that many resettled migrants will either add to their existing families or start new ones.
Given that citizens fund every penny of migrants’ multiple and costly resettlement expenses, Americans rightly wonder why, assuming border enforcement, they are obligated to guarantee their gradual but inevitable displacement.