The Obama administration is complicit in a scam that allowed hundreds of illegal immigrants to gain asylum in the United States last year, Judicial Watch has learned.
According to Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by the government watchdogs, the DHS agency charged with guarding the border — Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — knew in advance that an open borders group had coached immigrants to falsely claim “credible fear” to get asylum.
The operation was part of a scam conducted by an immigrant rights organization called the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NITA), which in recent years has coordinated demonstrations along the Southwest border in Texas and Arizona.
In mid-2014 the group orchestrated a racket seeking to bring 250 illegal aliens into the U.S. through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California. To assure the migrants were allowed to stay in the U.S., the group had them falsely claim that they had a “credible fear” of returning to their native country. Foreigners can claim asylum under five categories, based on fear of persecution over race, religion, nationality, political opinions or membership in a specific social group.
According to Judicial Watch, CBP actually admitted to knowing about the ploy in advance but allowed the illegal aliens to stay anyway.
Here’s an excerpt from the records obtained by Judicial Watch through the FOIA:
“BACKGROUND: The National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NITA) activists have coordinated previous demonstrations along the Southwest Border (Laredo, Texas and Nogales, Arizona). During this iteration, NIYA seek to bring 250 people to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry where they will request entry to the U.S. Previous CBP reporting of these events indicate the individuals applying for entry will have no entitlements to enter, pass through or remain in the United States and will summarily claim Credible Fear (CF).”
Judicial Watch goes on to report that “credible fear” asylum — which includes asylum seekers from terrorist countries — has sky-rocketed in recent years.
The figures are incredibly alarming. In the last five years the number of “credible fear” asylum applications made at the border has increased sevenfold, from less than 5,000 to more than 36,000, a former Department of Justice (DOJ) and federal immigration official told Congress during a hearing earlier this year. Now a law professor at a prominent university, the official told lawmakers that statistics from USCIS Asylum Division show an approval rate of 92% for credible fear claims before the 2014 border surge.
According to a U.S. News and World Report report last week, an astounding backlog of 450,000 credible fear cases are currently clogging immigration courts.
This could create huge national security risks because often asylum seekers are released from custody to await a court hearing. Just last week eight Syrian refugees turned themselves into U.S. immigration authorities along the U.S.-Mexico border. They are asking for asylum because they fear returning to their war-torn, terrorist-infested nation, but U.S. authorities have no reliable way to vet them.
The reason people keep “presenting themselves” at the border is because they know they have a 92% chance of being approved for asylum.
But the best part is: they’re being coached to claim they have a credible fear of returning to their home countries even when they don’t — and the Obama administration is okay with that.