By claiming “credible fear” of residing in their native country, illegal aliens who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border have an 88 percent chance of evading immediate deportation, according to an analysis by the Department of Justice.
The United States’ loose asylum laws allow foreign nationals who claim fear that their lives are in jeopardy in their native country to be released into the U.S. until a designated court date. More concerns regarding this policy have emerged as a caravan of approximately 1,500 asylum-seekers from Central America make their way through Mexico toward the southern U.S. border.
Breitbart reported, “In 88 percent of cases, foreign nationals seeking asylum in the U.S. evade immediate deportation after claiming credible fear, according to DOJ. Only half of the foreign nationals who evade immediate deportation by claiming credible fear, however, end up filing for asylum status after they are released into the U.S.”
Noting that statistic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested that their claims of credible fear were invalid and that they were using the country’s lax asylum laws to enter the country.
In 2016, after former President Barak Obama’s administration rubber-stamped asylum-seekers seeking to permanently remain in the U.S., the number of credible fear cases increased from 5,000 in 2009 to 94,000 in 2016.
Between 2009 to 2016 at the U.S.-Mexico border alone, credible fear claims by border-crossers increased from 3,000 cases to nearly 70,000 cases. The huge increase in claims have left immigration courts with a backlog of more than 600,000 pending cases.
Andrew Arthur of the Center for Immigration Studies confirmed that U.S. immigration law does not require those traveling through Mexico who are seeking to reach the U.S. to stop in Mexico and claim asylum there, nor does the law allow the U.S. to turn asylum-seekers back to Mexico if they have passed through the country to get to the U.S.
Conversely, if an asylum-seeker passes through Canada to claim asylum in the U.S., U.S. law allows that the asylum-seeker can be turned back to Canada, requiring that they claim asylum in the first country they entered where they were not suffering persecution.
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