Trump's Team Gets To Work: 70% Of Migrant Asylum Claims Denied Last Year
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The Trump Administration continues to deliver on it's promise of fixing the immigration problem in the U.S. as it is now being reported that 70% of asylum claims are being denied due to being "illegitimate."
From the Washington Examiner:
Nearly 70% of asylum claims that U.S. immigration judges ruled on in the government's fiscal 2019 were denied, continuing a sharp uptick from 45% in the early 2010s, according to a nongovernmental tracker.
Data released Wednesday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan data research center at Syracuse University, showed federal judges decided 67,406 requests for asylum. Of that number, judges found 46,735 claims were illegitimate and that those asylum-seekers had not suffered or were not in fear of persecution for race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. That denial rate has quadrupled from less than 10,000 in fiscal 2014. The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
Judges granted protection in the remaining 19,831 cases of migrants who arrived at the United States-Mexico border and claimed a credible fear of returning home, double the number approved five years ago. It's not clear how many total migrants sought asylum in 2019.
Even the liberal LA Times gave indirect credit to the Trump Administration by admitting that the number of people arriving at the border has gone down due to how the U.S. has "cracked down" on travel with the Remain In Mexico policy:
The number of people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador arriving at the U.S. border reached a decade-long high in May but has declined precipitously in recent months as Mexico, under U.S. pressure, has cracked down on their travel through Mexican territory.
The Trump administration also attributes the drop to the so-called Remain in Mexico policy, under which more than 50,000 asylum seekers, mostly Central Americans, have been sent back to Mexico since last year to await the outcome of U.S. asylum claims, a process that can drag on for months. Word has circulated that asylum petitioners face long waits in Mexico, discouraging potential migrants from making the journey and prompting others to abandon their hopes for asylum and return home.
Additionally, the Texas Tribune also noted the effect that the Remain In Mexico policy (AKA Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP) is having on the reduction in migration, even though there are still many sob stories used to sway public opinion.
For instance, the Texas Tribune highlighted a Honduran lesbian migrant named "Elizabeth" who claims her brother was killed for not joining a gang- not only did her story fail to convince border agents but because she passed through 2 other countries to arrive at the United States, she is likely to be sent to Guatemala under Trump's new policies.
From the Texas Tribune:
People like Elizabeth can still obtain relief from deportation if an immigration judge issues an order known as a "withholding of removal." That's applied when migrants prove there is more than a 50% chance they will be persecuted in their home country. But Corchado said that even if that order is granted, it doesn't include a pathway to legal residency and applies only to the migrant, not his or her family. And the relief can always be revoked.
"It feels like if the U.S. [government] feels there’s a change in that person’s country, they can always reopen proceedings and deport them," Corchado said.
The third-country rule is being implemented alongside the Trump administration's metering requirement, which mandates that asylum seekers add their names to a list of thousands of people waiting in Mexico before applying for asylum.
State officials in the Mexican state of Chihuahua said that there are 4,000 to 5,000 people on the waiting list in Ciudad Juárez, though only half of them are still waiting. Hundreds have either gone home or tried to cross the river illegally instead. It’s one sign that the MPP and metering policies are having some effect, Corchado said.
With migrants voluntarily going home and others being sent back due to illegitimate claims, it's no wonder that the border crisis is improving. It would seem to be just another kept promise from our Commander-in-Chief.