A group of 18 illegal aliens breached the US border south of Tucson, Arizona last week. They wandered around for a while until they were able to flag down some US Border Patrol agents. Since they had dragged some kids with them, they told the Border Patrol that they were muy scared “refugees,” so if the Border patrol would just por favor process them and release them into the country quickly, they would all pinky-swear to show up for their court dates. Think of the niños! The Border Patrol proceeded to take down their information and then loaded them on a bus.
Then, the Border Patrol drove them down to Nogales, Mexico and dropped them off.
“Wait here, losers! We’ll get back to you real soon!”
Apparently, foreigners haven’t gotten the memo that the Trump administration has ended the hated “Catch and Release” program. Illegal aliens began flooding into the country after the Obama regime created an administrative loophole for them – a loophole that it took the Trump administration too long to close.
Under that loophole, families could only be detained by the Border Patrol for 20 days. Then, they were released into the US based on their solemn promise to show up for a future court date. Spoiler alert: Only 15% of caught and released illegals ever show up for court.
All of the illegals crossing the border now try to claim asylum as refugees, thanks to another Obama policy. That’s the policy that prompted huge “caravans” of welfare program leeches to march from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to our southern border. They planned to claim they were refugees and then be turned loose in America, based on a promise that they’d come to court later (see earlier statistic).
But under the new “Remain in Mexico” policy of the Trump administration, “Catch and Release” no longer exists. If the Border Patrol catches you, you get a free bus ticket… back to Mexico. Asylum claims are then processed remotely via phone with an immigration court in the US.
This new policy has proven something that I have been saying all along. These people are not refugees. They do not fit any of the definitions that qualify a person for refugee status under the law. They’re not being persecuted for their political or religious beliefs. Most of them are just poor and they want welfare checks from the American taxpayers. That does not make you a refugee.
Unlike the 18 dummies who crossed into Arizona last week, a lot of foreigners are getting the message about “Remain in Mexico.” The numbers have plummeted like a stone since the policy was implemented in June. Last May, 84,486 “families” – also known as “people who rented some kids” – crossed the border and turned themselves in for the Catch and Release program. By November, the number had dropped to about 9,000 families. Coming to America isn’t quite as much fun if all it gets you is a free bus ticket to Mexico.
Since no one gets to cross the US border illegally without first paying off the drug cartels, the illegals are often financially wiped out by the time they get transported back to Mexico. They can’t afford to pay to illegally come back again.
One of the great things about Remain in Mexico is that it forces the illegal alien border crossers to show up for their immigration court dates – telephonically – if they hope to have any chance of entering the US. Since last May, 24,231 of the illegal aliens who have been bused back to Mexico have had their asylum claims processed by the courts.
Here’s how the numbers break down.
64% of them (15,441) were ordered to go back home because they’re not refugees. Just over 35% of them (8,664) have had their cases closed because they were too incompetent to even appear for their hearings by telephone.
It turns out that only 117 of the 24,231 cases heard so far were actual, bona fide refugees. As a percentage, that works out to 0.004% of all the asylum claims. It’s a statistical anomaly for any illegal alien to qualify for genuine refugee status.
Remain in Mexico is working beautifully. However, imagine how well it will work once we have a big, beautiful, sea-to-shining-sea wall in place.