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DHS Tries To Tamp Down Mexican Asylum Reports

From the shameless water carriers at the Associated Press:

Report Shows Modest Rise in Requests for Asylum

August 17, 2013

PHOENIX — Requests for asylum in the United States along the border with Mexico have more than doubled over the last three years as immigrants seeking legal entry into the country claim a fear of persecution back home, according to a federal government report.

Doubling in the last three years is a "modest rise"?

The so-called credible fear claims reached 14,610 by the end of June, with three months left in the fiscal year, the Department of Homeland Security reported. For the entire 2011 fiscal year, there were 6,824 such claims…

So the number has more than doubled.

The data was released on Friday, in part, to dispute claims first reported by Fox News that large numbers of Mexican citizens had been showing up at San Diego ports of entry recently to seek asylum, citing the drug violence in their country. Homeland Security Department officials said the news reports had been overstated and called the increase in asylum requests at those ports “modest.”

Between Aug. 1 and Aug. 15, the agency said, an average of 30 people per day have arrived at San Diego ports seeking asylum, out of about 170,000 travelers who cross the border there legally each day

Notice that we aren’t told whether these 30 requests are the average number or not. So the DHS report doesn’t undercut the claim that there has been a spike in asylum requests at all. In fact, 30 asylum requests a day sounds pretty high to us, given that Mexico is a thriving democracy.

The issue gained new attention last month after a group of nine immigration rights activists presented themselves at the Arizona border in Mexico seeking asylum. After spending several weeks in detention, they have been released into the United States pending hearings before an immigration judge who will make a final decision on their requests.

Homeland Security Department officials are quick to point out that such requests from Mexican citizens are rarely granted, noting that, on average, 91 percent are denied.

Which means that the DHS’s amnesty last week was practically unprecedented.

While it is unclear what will happen in the nine activists’ cases, some say their release into the United States, even if only temporarily, sets a dangerous precedent and could overwhelm ports of entry across the border…

It’s not unclear at all. In fact, we are probably seeing the results at the border. No matter what the DHS says.

The DHS just doesn’t want to admit that the number of asylum requests has spiked. And suddenly these asylum seekers are all using the phrase "credible fear," just like the DHS did when they granted asylum to those nine illegals.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, August 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “DHS Tries To Tamp Down Mexican Asylum Reports”

  1. I always believe government statistics, because … science.

  2. Liberals Demise

    DHS is a joke against the citizens here. Waste of time and money.
    As a matter of fact this whole gubbamint is sick and I mean twisted sick.
    Nothing ever gets done and they pile on more shiite to make sure.
    While I care for what was, I will sit here and wait for the coming firefight.
    America is done and gubbamint will see to it.
    “LOCK & LOAD”




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