Flood of asylum requests at U.S./ Mexican border

asylum requests at U.S.Mexican borderAs attempts to provide amnesty and grant millions of illegal aliens in America have temporarily stalled in the House of Representatives, the government is now seeing a new trend to obtain legal status in the country with a surge of applications for political asylum.

Last Monday at the Otay crossing near the border by San Diego a group of around 200 people were able to gain legal entry into the United States by saying the key phrase that they had a “credible fear” of drug cartels in their home country of Mexico.

KSAZ Fox Phoenix reported on the incident:

“So many were doing this that they had to close down the processing center and move the overflow by vans to another station.

“’They are being told if they come across the border, when they come up to the border and they say certain words, they  will be allowed into the country,’ said a person who did not want to be identified on camera.  ‘We are being overwhelmed.’”

This new claim of fear of the drug cartels, which have existed in the country for years, appears to be a new tactic to enter the United States and comes at a time when the Associated Press is reporting a surge in the number of asylum requests.

“According draft testimony for USCIS Associate Director Joseph Langlois that was to be submitted for a congressional hearing on asylum requests last month, USCIS received more than 19,119 asylum requests through the end of May. The agency anticipates receiving more than 28,600 by the end of the fiscal year.

“According to the testimony, during the 2009 budget year the agency received just 5,369 such requests,” The AP reports.

The problem is the new technique appears to be out of proportion to reality. For instance, using the 200 people in a single day this would translate to 73,000 a year being granted asylum and that is just at one border crossing. This is nearly three times the total number of requests received all year at all border crossings.

The surge of asylum claims has apparently been spurred by a group of people known as the Dream 9. These individuals came to America illegally; however they later decided to return to Mexico. Once there in order to come to the country legally they are required to file paperwork just as any other immigrant desiring to come to America would.

However, because they were here illegally, these requests are seldom granted. Now, these individuals are claiming they should be granted special privileges to re-enter the country because of a “credible fear” from the drug cartels.

Critics have said the group’s claims are suspect at best, arguing that if they truly felt threatened by the cartels then they would not have gone back to their home country in the first place.

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