REPORT: 13K Migrants Waiting on U.S.-Mexico Border to Seek Asylum

Thursday, May 9, 2019
By Paul Martin

9 May 2019

The Associated Press reports that 13,000 migrants are standing by on waiting lists to make asylum claims just south of the Mexican border with the United States.

“This is what has happened since the Trump administration placed asylum in a chokehold,” the writers for the Associated Press stated. More likely, this is the consequence of hundreds of thousands of mostly Central American migrants attempting to overwhelm the U.S. immigration system to make claims that are likely to be judged as non-substantiated, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Breitbart News.

ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview earlier this week that during the last several months, immigration judges working for the Department of Justice issued around 7,000 orders for removals for migrants making asylum claims. “Of the approximately 7,000 removal orders that have been issued over the past seven or eight months over 6,000 of them have been entered in absentia — meaning that the ‘family units’ didn’t even show up in court for their first hearing,” Director Albence stated. “Obviously, that called into question, the validity of their asylum claims.”

“These individuals are just gaming the system,” Albence continued.“They know they will get released, they will never show up (for their immigration hearing), and that we simply just don’t have the resources to go out and get that many of them in any sort of concerted fashion.”

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