People — poor people mostly — are desperate to get to America. So desperate they will lie and distort the law to achieve sanctuary here.
I don’t blame them for wanting to come here. I do blame them for subverting our law — whether they crash the border and run for the interior, overstay their visas, or claim an asylum status for which they know they do not qualify.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there are three requirements to qualify for eligibility for asylum:
First, asylum applicants must not have been convicted of a serious crime or an aggravated felony.
Second, they must show a well-founded fear of persecution in their country of nationality and permanent residency.
Third, asylum applicants must prove that they would be persecuted on at least one of five protected grounds:
A particular social group. (Such as gays, for example.)
Asylum is offered to protect a class of individuals from persecution flowing from inherent characteristics.
These are broad, but clear, strokes. I will not engage in minutia. Some try to make it as complicated as particle physics, but this is the basic law.
Notice what is not included: Hunger, joblessness, climate change, drought, flood, threats from criminal gangs, lack of housing. All of these are sad characteristics, but they do not provide a basis for asylum under U.S. law.
The reason is simple: If poverty, for example, were admissible grounds for asylum, that would bring hundreds of millions to our doors. Think of the U.S. as a lifeboat with a limited number of seats. Try to “rescue” too many and the lifeboat sinks, drowning everyone.
Nearly 150 million people would move here if they could, Gallup reports. That would increase our population by 50%. How could we possibly sustain that many people?
You think climate change is an existential threat? Less so than Open Borders.
The U.S. can handle a garden hose of asylum seekers. What we have now is a fire hose. It will drown us.
And while I don’t want to make this political, it is an inescapable fact that border jumping had hit a low before Joe Biden’s inauguration, it has spiked since then, directly due to sentimental comments about how different Biden would be from Donald J. Trump.
Suddenly caravans were cruising toward our border.
And while the Bidenites denied a “crisis” that even the MSM admitted, they were forced to make statements such as “Don’t come, at least for now.” Too little, too late.
Did you happen to see T-shirts many immigrants were wearing, directly appealing to Biden? The ones that said, “Biden Please Let Us In.”
They wanted him to ignore U.S. immigration law and let them in.
He couldn’t do that out in the open, so they created a workaround: They would claim asylum status knowing that they were entitled to a hearing before a judge and also knowing there were not enough judges, and a hearing could take years to arrange. During that time, Biden would allow them to wait in the U.S.
The court backlog now stands at 1.6 million. The system is not so much broken as completely overwhelmed.
After being intercepted at the border, the feds have been giving them free transportation to where they want to live. Most likely to where they already have family (which may be here illegally, but the government does not ask.) Call it Open Borders Lite.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pulled a stunt by busing the immigrants to “welcoming” Sanctuary Cities such as New York and Washington, to force them to feel the burden of immigrants the Southwest alone has felt.
Upon arrival in New York, they are given free cell phones if they don’t have them, they are given free housing, sometimes in pricy midtown hotels, they are given health care and their non-English-speaking children are enrolled in already-overburdened schools.
Are citizens treated that well?
After being given a number and being told to wait their turn to have a hearing before a judge, which could take years, one of two things will happen. 1- They will melt into the population and not appear for their hearing. (I found contradictory stats about the percentage who show up. It seems a majority do. I have trouble believing that, but I give you the best figures I can find, not the ones I like best.)
2- If they do show up, they will claim, and will get various nonprofits to argue for them, that they have “put down roots” in the years they waited and should not be deported. (Under Trump, they had to wait in Mexico, which was far less appealing.)
In a nutshell, that is the scam — not “illegal,” but using the law to freely enter when they want and set up housekeeping. Legal immigrants, on the other hand, seeking residency here and citizenship, have to wait in line for years and pay thousands in fees.
No free cell phones and hotel housing for people who did everything the right way.
Our priorities are wrong. Government policy should first ensure the well-being of our citizens.
It is our country, we make the rules.
And the rules must be tightened to prevent what seems like a slide to Open Borders that will, without question, destroy us.