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Southern Border “Scam” – President Trump has it Right

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What’s new on the US border?  The President, that’s what.  Last Friday, President Trump took his fight to front, arguing asylum seekers are now making up stories to enter America.  As the Wall Street Journal reported, the President laid out an impassioned case that the US immigration process is “overwhelmed,” by loads of Central Americans on a made-up beeline for asylum.  Frustrated, he said, “It’s a scam.”  Is it a scam?  Yes and no.

Yes, asylum seekers are being transported by air-conditioned busses north from Central American countries, getting through Mexico in record or near-record numbers, often not being intercepted or turned back in Mexico. 

Yes, those numbers are staggering, getting worse.  March 2019 saw an estimated 100,000 illegals seeking entry, according to the US Department of Homeland Security.  Without a wall or cooperation, apprehensions spiked between December 2018 and February 2019.  At the same time, Mexico’s deportation of Central Americans – especially Guatemalans, El Salvadorans and Hondurans – fell. 

Specifically, Southwest border apprehensions jumped from below 50,000 to almost 70,000 between January and February 2019, then flew past 100,000 in March.  At the same time Mexican deportations back to Guatemala, for example, fell from nearly 3,000 to 2,500, continuing downward.  No wonder the president is frustrated – with Congress, Democrat crisis-deniers, Mexico and false asylum claims.

These numbers represent a stark contrast to just one year earlier, when US apprehensions were falling, Mexican deportations were rising.  Thus, US apprehensions from December 2017 to February 2018 fell from a lower 30,000 to roughly 28,000, while Mexican deportations ran from higher 3,000 to more than 4,500 per month.  So yes, numbers are up, cooperation down – both markedly.   

This is surely why President Trump has become more vocal, demanding action from Mexico, threatening to close the border, mitigating his threat and putting a one-year timeline against it.  He is sending clear signals:  Help us now or pay later.  If Mexico does not assist, auto tariffs will probably kick in, then rolling border closures.  He is giving Mexico time to fix the problem.  But does anyone doubt President Trump will act?  If so, they shouldn’t.

Yes, there is more to the scam.  Many entrants are coached, told to state that they have a credible claim for asylum, since that gets them into the US, where they can live and await adjudication.  Once here, asylum seekers get a multi-year wait, assuming they return to court at all, which many do not.  While here, after a six-month wait, they can work.  Is this a scam?  In many cases, yes.  Most asylum claims – upwards of 80 percent – are denied on the merits.   Many seekers never show up for the hearing.

What is a credible asylum claim?  For starters, specific to the person, and has nothing to do with whether the country the asylum seeker comes from is poor, unhealthy, has too few jobs, is managed badly, corrupt, unsafe or unstable.  None of those reasons give an individual a right to asylum.  If they did, we would be awash in – the world.  

Asylum is premised on a specific, credible, provable claim that returning to country of origin will produce persecution – more, the person has already suffered persecution and has a legitimate, objective fear of a recurrence on return, based on race, nationality, religion, political opinion or membership in a group. 

Notably, coming from a bad place and wanting a better life – does not validate an asylum claim, or produce asylum.  So, when people who have only that basis apply for asylum, liberally sprinkling their stories with enough to imply individual jeopardy, is that a scam?  Yes, it is.  It is a lie to win entry, suddenly opening economic opportunities from jobs to entitlements, all paid for by US citizens.

So, what part of all this is NOT a scam?  The basic context.  From the Venezuelan socialist meltdown to current high levels of public corruption, drug trafficking, gang warfare and economic demise in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, plus drugs, gangs, crime and economic challenges in Mexico – much of the Western hemisphere is troubled.   That is not a scam – that is fact.

On one hand, none of this is America’s responsibility.  We have pumped billions of dollars into many of these countries in a combination of foreign aid, investment, multilateral packages, from loans to education, human rights to anti-drug programs.  And many of those programs have helped, on the commercial and government sides.  But we have tried to stabilize, energize, educate and elevate. 

On the other hand, endemic public poverty and government corruption, lack of stable political, economic and social institutions, enduring internal divisions and deprivations do call out for help from those of good conscience. 

The goal now should be to set expectations, create conditions, encourage infrastructure, return to rule of law, public integrity and economic self-sufficiency in such a way and on a timeline that allows for long term self-sufficiency, and encourages these nomadic busses, caravans, and ill-informed wishful thinkers – desperate for more opportunity – to find the hope they are seeking in their own country. 

To do all that will take time, mutual commitment, US and multilateral help, and in the end, that is the hope we should all share – that all may prosper as Americans do, after the hard work and centuries of commitment we have all made to this great nation.  In the meantime, President Trump is right – the trip north is often a heartless “scam.”

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BajaRon

Trump wants not only to save America. But to make it great again.

The left wants to destroy America. And they are more than happy for every vote (legal or otherwise) which will help them achieve their goal.

Bill TX 3

The USA faces a crisis and the Democrats are focused on getting copies of Trump’s tax return. Democrats are enemy number one.

Paul W

It’s an invasion, pure and simple. Well…not so pure and not so simple. Funded by Central American countries and abetted by the likes of Soros (and no doubt funded) and leftists in Congress. It’s an invasion that needs stopped by whatever means possible. Time for games and rhetoric is over.

Linda

Have a fleet of buses waiting to haul them back where they came from IMMEDIATELY! Don’t let them step foot on American soil because if you do, they will become lost in the crowds. Think it sounds heartless? What about all the AMERICANS these people are taking away from…food, housing, healthcare!!! AMERICA & AMERICANS should ALWAYS come first…NOT these people who are breaking the law by ILLEGALLY crossing OUR border. Let that sink in…THEY ARE CRIMINALS! They KNOW it is ILLEGAL to cross over our border, yet they do it anyway…that is CRIMINAL INTENT. Send them back with no lay over!!! If this is done and KEEPS being done, maybe they might get the message.

HAL HOFFMAN

It may be time for the “Well Regulated Militia” to take over “THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE!” AS IT WAS MEANT TO! There would be no shortage of “VOLUNTEERS!!!” I AM SURE THERE ARE PLENTY OF “CROCKETT, AND BOWIE’S AND HOUSTON’S OUT THERE STILL!

Chuck

It’s more than time to get tough on the Southern border. Fortunately, we have a president who understands American sovereignty, the safety of American citizens. By pass the courts and Congress and declare martial law if necessary. These entities aren’t interested in the United States or proper governance according to the U. S. Constitution. Personal vendettas do not belong in the halls of government.

General Patton

Every American should wake up——-President Trump is right about this INVASION of 3rd worlders coming here to be supported by US Taxpayers

Dean

We are supposed to allow them to break the law illegally entering the United States. Then we expect them to be law abiding citizens. Our forefathers entered abiding the law. I believe the Democrats are trying to buy more votes with unauthorized immigration & more welfare. I would like more of my more money to help my children, grandchildren, & great grandchildren. This socialist society, the government is trying to force on us is forced charity. It’s my money, let me help who I want to.

Catherine

AMEN! And of course if its allowed to continue the downward spiral for U.S. Social Security and entitlement programs could only get worse until they are sucked dry. U.S. tax payers cannot and were never intended to support illegal aliens! Children of illegal aliens could continue to overwhelm our schools, making class sizes so big that the quality of education is impacted even more than it already is, which is very significant. Illegal aliens could also continue to suck dry our entitlements programs, stealing from the U.S. tax payers it was intended for and who paid into it! We are already experiencing this – full retirement age has been pushed back and we are frequently warned that Social Security can go broke soon. If Washington would stop “borrowing” from it to fund the entitlement programs the illegal aliens are stealing from we would not have this problem. If someone wants… Read more »

Frank S.

The Dems have no intention of helping to fix the problem…that is clear. This security and humanitarian crisis is a key component to their narrative. As long as we have laws on the books that enable and incentivize the illegals to come, what would you expect? The wall is important, but perhaps even more so is providing meaningful aid to the countries responsible for the crisis. But business as usual will not do it. I suspect the State Department is primarily responsible for distributing foreign aid to these countries. That in itself is a huge problem. Having served as a contractor working for State, I can attest to their incompetence/ineptitude. There are those in State that are decent folks wanting to do right. But they are also riddled with far too many careerists (i.e., self-serving bureaucrats). We MUST tie aid to hard results–no results, no aid. I suggest you read… Read more »

Betty Hicks

Laws are going to have to be changed and no benefits given to the illegals they love it here they don’t have to work just set back and enjoy what our hard earned taxes are paying for them. they take our jobs and take our taxes for their enjoyment. They live in free housing, get food stamps for their food, get free education for their children and get free medical treatments. Don’t you wish you could get that all free? Our politicians do not care about us as they get all that free too.

Tandy

These people at our Southern border should unite; go back to their home land; and fight the gangs, drug dealers, and corruption in their government. Are all these people cowards or as Trump stated is it all a scam?

Robert M McLeester

It’s amazing all the people in this country who think illegal immigration is ok, college students marching to let them in? Maybe we should take away student aid given by the government and use it for illegal immigrants and let’s see how they feel then!

Helen

Finally a President putting us first…..PAST time to cut all the foreign aid!

Percy

What part of this is so hard to understand.Its transparent what they are doing.I think congress should be made to live by the border and experience what people down there do.Politics is all that seems to matter to them

Edward Curtis

Was just watching a “news” show on the tube. There was a small barrage about children being separated from their families. I realize how difficult that can be for the parent(s) and children. BUT, how would these children survive if not for our government taking care of their basic needs while their parents are on the run or incarcerated in adult facilities. It is the parents who should be held responsible for their children’s plight – It was/is the criminal parent(s) bringing their children into this country ILLEGALLY that brought about this situation.

Webster Illegal definition is – not according to or authorized by law : unlawful, illicit. I may not be the sharpest tack in the box ,but I am sure this includes illegal entry into a country.

Ed LaPinskas

Those “folks” are nothing but liars. They just come here to drain the system and steal America’s wealth.
eVerify and ICE breaking down doors. ICE knows where they all hide.

Charles Parker

I don’t understand why the dems want all of those people to come here, but I am sure it is to try to hurt our President. They can go to the devil, we need border security.

Stephen Russell

Busing illegals to border is Planned Operation day 1, The scam is the Dems who have NO intention of resolving issue.
The Dems want Martial Law on border. Feel for victims of abuse: Honest illegals who want work, kin, friends & those north of border area & USBP ICE personnel.

Big Al

The whole border thing is a scam. Now what the President is doing is like a traffic signal camera where the citation is issued five years later. But for his comment about being the law & order candidate he has thus far been doing a great job. Regarding law & order he reminds me eerily of Obama. He will, in his daily doings, comply with the law but the rest of the nation – politicians, liberals and illegals can continue business as usual.