As the pace of illegal immigration skyrockets, the new tactic of the Biden administration will only make matters worse. Multiple analysts concur that the new strategy poses threats to both national security and the American economy.
Instead of emphasizing deportation or border security, President Joe Biden will implement a program that reclassifies individuals seeking U.S. entrance as asylum-seekers. Instead of pursuing initiatives that might lower the number of unauthorized immigrants, Biden has chosen to reclassify them. Consequently, while the number of “illegals” may decline, it is not because fewer people are crossing the border; rather, it is because more of them will now be classed as “asylees.”
Just the News revealed in July that this so-called free immigration ticket is an online asylum system via which anyone seeking protection in the United States can register for refugee status.
Some immigration law experts argued that this approach could “flood the system,” thereby further weakening American borders. As those who request asylum are entitled for a variety of welfare benefits in the United States, this new policy could potentially place a strain on American taxpayers.
Former director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Ronald Vitiello and immigration specialist Julie Kirchie discussed the new policy in separate interviews with The Western Journal.
According to Vitiello, whose career in immigration law enforcement spanned more than three decades, the proposed asylum system will exacerbate the nation’s immigration crisis by making it easier for immigrants to seek refugee status. During his tenure with ICE and CBP, he reported that numerous immigrants claimed to be asylum seekers.
Vitiello stated, “Not only are they unqualified, but they don’t follow up on their claims. They use that as a tactic to be released at the border, and they come into the United States.”
An “asylee” is a person who wants asylum in the United States, as opposed to refugees who are located outside the country. Asylees and refugees are eligible to petition for asylum.
To qualify, aliens must be fleeing persecution in a third-world nation before entering the United States. 8 U.S. Code 1158, the federal asylum law, defines persecution as suffering due to “race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” Vitiello stated that escaping a country’s terrible economic conditions is not included in the legal definition of persecution.
“When I was still in government when we did surveys, people were coming for economic reasons,” he explained. “We certainly understand that, as human beings, they’re trying to make their lives better, but they don’t qualify for asylum.”
If immigrants are actually coming for economic motives, Biden will give them exactly what they want: tax-payer-funded free money.
In 2007, the Heritage Foundation projected that immigrant families got an annual average of $30,160 in government benefits while paying only $10,571 in taxes. In excess of $20,000 remained to be paid by higher-income taxpayers. Factoring in current U.S. inflation rates, these figures are expected to be greater 15 years from now.
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The new system without ample Border Patrol agents would further contribute to the border crisis, what Vitiello called a “crush of humanity.”
Almost a quarter of a million immigrants encountered law enforcement agents at the southern border per month from March to June 2022, bringing the total number to just over 906,000 encounters in those four months alone. This data was gathered from CBP’s Southwest Land Border Encounters statistics webpage.CONTINUE READING…