Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) is reportedly sending staff to Mexico to coach asylum-seekers how to take advantage of a loophole on the U.S. immigration system.
Over the past few weeks, aides to Escobar are trying to find and interview thousands of migrants who were sent back to Mexico “under the ‘remain in Mexico’ policy, then coaching them to pretend they cannot speak Spanish to exploit a loophole letting them return to the U.S.,” National Border Patrol Council’s El Paso chapter and several Customs and Border Protection personnel told the Washington Examiner.
One senior union official who shared evidence with reporters said they believe Escobar’s office is trying to impede work already done by the Border Patrol.
The “remain in Mexico” policy requires returned migrants to be fluent in Spanish while they stay in that country for up to five years waiting for a U.S. judge’s asylum claim decision. Meanwhile, Escobar’s aides are telling migrants to lie to CBP officials, guiding them not to speak Spanish despite the fact that they earlier spoke Spanish to the officials.
“What we’re hearing from management is that they’re attempting to return people, and the story was changed in Mexico, where a person who understood Spanish before now doesn’t understand—where a person who didn’t have any health issues before now has health issues,” a union official said.
Former federal immigration Judge Mark Metcalf said that Escobar could face a criminal case of being complicit in an effort to commit fraud.
The loopholes like this case and the long-festering backlogs in immigration courts among others have led to the near collapse of the system overall. President Donald Trump has repeatedly been warning about these problems in the asylum process.
“The biggest loophole drawing illegal aliens to our borders is the use of fraudulent or meritless asylum claims to gain entry into our great country,” the president said.
“The Democrats should change the Loopholes and Asylum Laws so lives will be saved at our Southern Border. They said it was not a crisis at the Border, that it was all just “manufactured.” Now they admit that I was right. … But they must do something about it. Fix the Laws NOW,” Trump wrote on his Twitter, on June 27.
Democrats who seem to be the last started considering the asylum loopholes seriously.
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, during his most recent broadcast of “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” admitted that President Trump is right about the asylum abuse facing the United States.
Zakaria who is not a fan of the president’s said, “It pains me to say this, but he is right, that the United States faces a crisis with its asylum system.”
He continued, “Since 2014, the flow of asylum-seekers into the United States has skyrocketed. Last year, immigration courts received 162,000 asylum claims. A 240 percent increase from 2014. The result is a staggering backlog with more than 300,000 asylum cases pending and the average immigration case has been pending for more than 700 days. It’s also clear that the rules surrounding asylum are vague, lax, and being gamed.”
The US faces a real crisis with its asylum system. My take: pic.twitter.com/5VAjV48Ipu
— Fareed Zakaria (@FareedZakaria) July 2, 2019