Haitian immigrants have discovered the new trail that will get them into the United States, just has immigrants from China, Africa, Cuba and the Middle East have all discovered – just get to Central America then head north through Mexico.
Once they arrive in Central America, they hook up with a smuggler who will earn thousands of dollars for each migrant they take to the U.S. border. Illegal aliens who would normally have no chance of getting into the U.S. are coached on how to just get their foot in the door by showing up at the border and claiming asylum.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection are overwhelmed by the surge, and have put a cap of 150 Haitian asylum applicants per day at the San Ysidro border crossing.
Customs and Border Protection officials provided a video to Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-R), which shows massive numbers of Haitian migrants waiting in line outside a Mexican detention facility at the Guatemala-Mexico border, in preparation for their 2,500-mile journey through Mexico to get to the San Ysidro border crossing.
“It’s a method for backdoor entry that presents a real exposure, because it’s virtually open to anyone to enter the U.S. without any real scrutiny or undergoing the regular process,” said Joe Kasper, chief of staff to Mr. Hunter. “The fact that 300 Haitians show up in Mexico and from that point are virtually guaranteed entry into the U.S. underscores one of many major problems with the president’s immigration policy — and Americans need to recognize it.”
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson claimed his deportation agents would deport the illegal Haitians through an “expedited removal process.” But at the same time, he said those claiming asylum will still be allowed to present their case. All the Haitians immigrants are submitting asylum requests – thereby voiding the “expedited removal” warning.
The asylum cases drag on for years, requiring the involvement of immigration judges and court hearings, thereby allowing the illegal aliens plenty of time to become deeply rooted in the United States.
Johnson said, “Consistent with law, individuals who express a fear of return to Haiti will be screened by a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asylum officer to determine whether they possess a credible fear of persecution or torture. Those determined to have a credible fear will be referred to immigration court for removal proceedings where they may apply for asylum or other forms of relief.”
“They know that if they show up for that court date, they might get asylum. If they don’t show up, nothing’s going to happen,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies. “It’s been made perfectly clear to everyone that if you’re not a serious criminal, you are not going to face deportation.”
The United States and Mexico are working together to help the migrants, reports the Washington Times, “including building temporary housing at the San Ysidro crossing, which Homeland Security officials said is used in handling surges, to keep the migrants from exposure to the elements while they wait for a chance to make their claims in the U.S.”
California Democrat Rep. Scott H. Peters said at a hearing that San Diego is “playing host” to about 4,000 Haitians, and ICE director Sarah Saldana even admitted they a problem. “Those and the other increased numbers of families from Central America are really taxing our resources,” she said.
Vaughan said it’s simply a backdoor immigration system that our own government is facilitating. Illegals have discovered all they have to do is claim asylum and they’re in.
This year, the government has recorded nearly 5,500 “credible fear” asylum applications per month.