Report: Trump's policy prods thousands to drop fake amnesty claims

Thursday, October 31, 2019
Michael F. Haverluck (

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Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants are abandoning their bogus amnesty claims and returning home to Mexico and Central America due to the successful implementation of President Donald Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy.

"Of the 55,000 migrants who were subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols [MPPs] – as the program is officially known – a 'small subset' have won their cases and been readmitted to the U.S. to proceed with asylum claims," the Washington Times reported. "Another 20,000 are still waiting in northern Mexico – Homeland Security officials believe – but that leaves tens of thousands who are believed to have given up their claims."

Major cutbacks

The record-high number of illegal aliens arriving in the United States this spring is being drastically reduced under the Trump administration's new policy, which is being praised for not keeping immigrants in limbo for extended periods of time – like it used to – before knowing their fate about whether they are being admitted into the U.S. via its amnesty program.

"[T]he would-be migrants that have not made the trip in the first place, Homeland Security said, [are] cutting the number of illegal immigrant families nabbed at the U.S.-Mexico border by 80 percent from its record high in May," the Washington Times' Stephen Dinan pointed out. "The program is also more fair to the migrants, Homeland Security argues, since they can get a final hearing and learn their fate within a few months, rather than the years-long backlog for those stuck in the U.S. immigration courts."

According to a memo recently released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the MPP is being extended to an all-new location in Eagle Pass, Texas. This new facility is said to give American and Mexican officials the ability to return would-be-asylum seekers to their places of origin south of Mexico.

Under the new system, fraudulent claims are easily detected and rejected, so less immigrants enter the U.S. under false pretenses, as explained by Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

"We have already seen individuals granted asylum, and many more fraudulent or non-meritorious cases closed," McAleenan informed, according to the Times.

No longer are immigrants entering the U.S. illegally en masse and fleeing into the U.S. to remain illegally until they appear for the next step in the process – if they ever show up at all.

"Under the program, would-be asylum seekers wait in Mexico for their cases to be heard," Dinan explained. "If they are granted protection or relief, they are allowed into the U.S. to pursue their claim. But most do not pass the initial screen or give up their claims on their own."

Many aspiring illegal immigrants often abused the former failed system to get entry into the U.S. and subsequently avoid detection by escaping to various parts of the county with no intention of having their cases heard.

"Under the old system, they'd already been allowed to enter the U.S. and roamed free, with few of them returning to be deported when the time came," Dinan added. "Now they are denied that foothold and only allowed entry after they pass the first asylum hurdles."

Illegals are being weeded out under Trump's new tough-on-immigration program, which detects immigrants who should not be granted amnesty.

"The program applies to non-Mexicans who travel through Mexico to reach the U.S.," Dinan noted. "The theory behind the program is that if someone from a country other than Mexico travels through Mexico, they could claim asylum there, and their continued journey to the U.S. suggests they are more properly regular illegal immigrants seeking jobs or to reunite with families. Neither of those is considered a reason for asylum under the law."

Major opposition

Pro-immigration activists and other open-borders Democrats have condemned the Trump administration for sending immigrants back who have no right of entry.

"MPP has drawn fierce criticism from immigrant-rights activists who say the policy has created dangerous conditions in northern Mexico, with migrant camps making easy prey for criminals," Dinan explained. "Activists have filed several lawsuits, drawing federal judges into the fray, and they are scrutinizing the policy."

The DHS memo noted that Mexico is fully cooperating with the anti-immigration policy spanning the northern hemisphere, which mostly deals with Central American migrants.

"Therefore, disruption of MPP would adversely impact U.S. foreign relations – along with the U.S. government's ability to effectively address the border security and humanitarian crisis that constitutes an ongoing national emergency," DHS officials indicated, according to the Times.

Newfound success?

So far, it appears the new policy to curb illegal immigration is being successfully implemented and getting the results it anticipated.

"[The Trump] administration says 'Remain in Mexico' is working as planned," WND noted.

In addition, large swaths of newly constructed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border are being erected at an increasing rate, but PBS notes that much of the effort involves replacing some older fencing and man-made barriers.

"As the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced a spike in migrant apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border in the last fiscal year on Tuesday, Trump administration officials again promoted their efforts to build 450 miles of new border wall by the end of 2020," PBS reported. "In reality, however, most of the projects involve replacing old barriers or adding secondary fencing rather than creating entirely new barriers."

The public broadcaster also points out that the new wall isn't being built as quickly as the administration would like, with many preexisting barriers just being augmented.

"Customs and Border Protection estimates 76 miles have been built, 156 miles are under construction and 276 miles are in 'pre-construction,'" the PBS report added. "The new fencing in El Paso is one example of the administration's effort to replace infrastructure – rather than cover new terrain – with taller steel barriers."

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