Stats show most 'asylum-seekers' actually 'job-seekers': CIS

Thursday, June 13, 2019
 | 
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

crossing border bridge into U.S.An immigration policy analyst is describing the agreement between the U.S. and Mexico regarding asylum-seekers as a "game-changer."

On Tuesday, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the vast majority of asylum-seekers never show up for the hearings in which their cases are adjudicated. Of the approximately 7,000 cases of asylum-seekers being tracked under a recently institute program, 90 percent of them "received final orders of removal in absentia," he reported.

Art Arthur, a resident fellow in law and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies, reacts to McAleenan's report. "It's indicative of the fact that many of these foreign nationals are not actually coming to the United States seeking asylum, but are rather economic migrants who are coming to the United States seeking jobs," he explains.

That said, according to Arthur, President Donald Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy should help reduce the incentive for would-be asylum-seekers to make the journey north.

"… If they have a legitimate claim, it's going to facilitate that legitimate claim being heard," he states. "But by the same measure, it's also going to dissuade individuals who are going to enter the United States illegally from doing so. That's a game-changer."

But the CIS fellow points out the Mexican government hasn't signed a "safe third country" agreement with the U.S.

"The 'Remain in Mexico' policy still gives those migrants access to the American court system to apply for asylum," he explains. "The 'safe third country' agreement would allow us to turn non-Mexicans basically back around and send them back across the border to apply for asylum in Mexico."

The spokesman for another immigration watchdog group told OneNewsNow recently that Mexico's status as a "safe third country" is a key part of an agreement between the two countries because it would make it harder for asylum-seekers to claim refuge in the U.S.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What is your message to Netflix after cutting a suicide scene from its popular TV show?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Trump says American warship destroyed Iranian drone
Suspected Islamic State member brought to US for prosecution
Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twice
Epstein denied bail in sex trafficking case
House approves $15 minimum wage, Senate prospects are dim
Mnuchin: Negotiators agree on core elements of budget deal

LATEST FROM THE WEB

If Trump Jr. is 'racist,' so is Don Lemón
Idaho lawmakers call on Boise State to ditch segregation by race, sexual orientation
'Send her back' chant at Trump rally prompts outcry; Omar responds
EPIC FAIL: Anderson Cooper tries to convince Texas women that Trump is a racist
A few Democrats get angry and all of America has to endure the hand-wringing

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Plan for peace in Middle East: jobs and public projects

Palestinian woman vs. Israeli policeA pro-Israel activist says the Trump administration deserves praise for its effort to broker peace in the Middle East but warns only new leaders will help.