Hundreds of Illegal Immigrants Using Loop Hole to Enter U.S.
There are so many immigrants from Mexico at the border requesting asylum that immigration agents can hardly handle them all.
Critics say this is an orchestrated sham because asylum claims from Mexico are very unusual, it’s not about getting asylum. Immigrants are using this sham to overwhelm the system to get a free pass into the U.S. and will never show up for their court date.
Illegal immigrants are attempting to get asylum by using key words and claiming they have a "credible fear" of drug cartels.
Agents are renting hotel rooms in San Diego for some undocumented families and even releasing others to other U.S. cities to help with overcrowding at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, Calif., processing centers. Most of the immigrants claim to be from Mexico, but others are saying they are from other countries namely Haiti, Romania, Guatemala and Iraq.
Former U.S. Attorney for Southern California Peter Nunez said,"This clearly has to have been orchestrated by somebody, it's beyond belief that dozens or hundreds or thousands of people would simultaneously decide that they should go to the U.S. and make this claim.
A long-time border agent and supervisor said,"People were sleeping on floors – they had nowhere to put them, this shouldn’t be happening. Unless there is an immediate and well-publicized policy change, this situation will become another debacle.
Fox News spoke to four agencies responsible for the situation and all were deferred to the Department of Homeland Security press office in Washington, D.C., which issued this statement:
"Credible fear determinations are dictated by long standing statute, not an issuance of discretion. The USCIS officer must find that a 'significant possibility’ exists that the individual may be found eligible for asylum or withholding or removal. If the credible fear threshold is met, the individual is placed into removal proceedings in Immigration Court. The final decision on asylum eligibility rests with an immigration judge."
Nunez said, "Hundreds of thousands of people have never returned and the list of people for whom warrants are outstanding is phenomenal. We have a long history of people absconding from immigration hearings of one sort of another, they just blend back into the community."
Sources at ICE say an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 illegal immigrants a year do not show up for their court date and disappear into the U.S.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform said, "The orders from Washington are to simply turn these people loose. All you have to say is you qualify for the Dream Act and/or you intend to apply, and they’re instructed by their higher-ups to simply turn these people loose, to set them free and let them pursue any path they want."