Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, and he brought with him some harrowing statistics about illegal immigration. Specifically, McAleenan warned the Senate that the usual numbers floating around about how many asylum seekers skip their court hearings were off by a wide margin. Indeed, according to a recent experimental program the DHS ran, 90% of these would-be refugees are not bothering to show up for their hearings. Instead, they are simply disappearing into the country and thwarting our immigration laws.
McAleenan’s testimony began with a question from Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, who asked how many of these supposed asylum seekers actually show up to court and, you know, seek asylum.
“It depends on demographics, the court, but we see too many cases where people are not showing up,” McAleenan acknowledged.
He told Graham that Homeland Security had recently run a pilot program tracking migrant families and their rate of showing up to their hearings.
“Out of those 7,000 cases, 90 received final orders of removal in absentia, 90 percent,” he said.
“90 percent did not show up?” Graham asked.
“Correct, that is a recent sample from families crossing the border,” McAleenan said.
That’s completely unacceptable, and it’s why President Trump is pushing so hard for his Remain in Mexico program to stay in place. As long as those migrants are on the other side of the fence, all is well and good. Those that qualify for asylum (which number very few in comparison to the total number of illegal aliens, mind you) can come in and make a new life for themselves in the U.S. Those that don’t can get to stepping. As it stands right now, we’re letting these people disappear into American cities, where they may live for ten, twenty years before ICE catches up to them. Who knows what kinds of amnesty laws the Democrats might pass in that time frame.
Graham convened the hearing as a further discussion of his immigration act, which includes a call to develop refugee centers in Mexico and Central America. The South Carolina senator asked McAleenan if processing asylum claims outside of the United States would help ease the crisis we’re currently experiencing at the border.
“First of all,” he said, “it would break the back of the smuggling organizations, they’re profiting from this cycle. It would provide access to asylum in country in a much safer manner than taking this dangerous journey and it would stop this flow immediately. I believe the vast majority would stop.”
Under normal circumstances, that answer alone would be enough for Congress to pass Graham’s bill and send it to the president’s desk. The only problem is that Democrats don’t WANT this crisis to end. They want to use it for their own twisted political gains, which include shipping huge numbers of illegal immigrants into this country. Until we have a Congress that actually wants to protect this country’s CITIZENS, all immigration legislation will be dead on arrival.