Agencies Buying Hotel Rooms for Surge of Mexican Illegal Immigrants, Others Released

William La Jeunesse, Fox News, August 12, 2013

A sudden influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico requesting asylum is overwhelming immigration agents in San Diego, forcing agencies to rent hotel rooms for some undocumented families and release others to cities around the U.S.

Documents obtained exclusively by Fox News show Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been paying for hotel rooms for dozens of recently arrived families to relieve overcrowding inside the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, Calif., processing centers. Some ICE employees are working overtime and others have been asked to volunteer to work weekend shifts. “Duties include intake, placements, transports and release of family groups and unaccompanied minors,” according to a memo obtained by Fox News.

The surge has raised suspicions about what is driving the influx, amid claims that illegal immigrants have learned they can attempt to get asylum by using a few key words–namely, by claiming they have a “credible fear” of drug cartels.

“This clearly has to have been orchestrated by somebody,” said former U.S. Attorney for Southern California Peter Nunez. “It’s beyond belief that dozens or hundreds or thousands of people would simultaneously decide that they should go to the U.S. and make this claim.”

Sources say one day last week, 200 border-crossers came through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry claiming asylum while and as many as 550 overflowed inside the processing center there and in nearby San Ysidro.

“People were sleeping on floors–they had nowhere to put them,” said one source, a long-time border agent and supervisor. “This shouldn’t be happening. Unless there is an immediate and well-publicized policy change, this situation will become another debacle.”


Documents obtained by Fox News show that recently on a single day, dozens of illegal immigrants were being transferred to an area hotel where rooms cost $99 a night. Others were released to addresses in Texas, Florida and even Brooklyn, N.Y.

ICE sources say the addresses are almost always bogus. When they don’t show up for court, they are removed by an immigration judge in absentia.

Most of the immigrants came from Mexico, but others listed their native country as Haiti, Romania, Guatemala and Iraq. Some were over age 50, others were under a year old. Thirty were transported to a hotel. Seventy were released around the country.

Fox News spoke to four agencies responsible for the San Diego situation last week. All deferred to the Department of Homeland Security press office in Washington, D.C., which issued this statement:

“Credible fear determinations are dictated by long standing statute, not an issuance of discretion. The USCIS officer must find that a ‘significant possibility’ exists that the individual may be found eligible for asylum or withholding or removal.

“If the credible fear threshold is met, the individual is placed into removal proceedings in Immigration Court. The final decision on asylum eligibility rests with an immigration judge.”

It is during this time–during removal proceedings–when illegal immigrants are released. Many don’t show up, as 91 percent of asylum claims from Mexico are denied.

Asylum claims from Mexico are highly unusual and critics say this is an orchestrated sham–it’s not about getting asylum, they say, but about overwhelming the system and getting a free pass into the U.S. and a court date for which no one will show up.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have never returned and the list of people for whom warrants are outstanding is phenomenal,” said Nunez. “We have a long history of people absconding from immigration hearings of one sort of another, they just blend back into the community.”

ICE sources say an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 illegal immigrants a year do not show up for their court date and disappear into the U.S.

The number of asylum claims is on the rise, almost tripling the last four years. Most come from Chinese, Egyptian and Ethiopian immigrants. Fewer than 200 a year come from Mexico, let alone 200 in a day. However, by claiming they have a “credible fear of persecution” if returned to Mexico, the immigrant is entitled to a series of interviews, hearings, proceedings and appeals that can drag on for years.


Officials stress that meeting the “credible fear” standard is not a tentative asylum approval. It’s simply a step in the process.

An immigration spokesman said last week: “The legal threshold for ‘credible fear’ is broad and low to ensure individuals who may face a ‘significant possibility’ of persecution . . . have the opportunity to have their case heard before an immigration judge.”

Last week, an asylum officer heard the claims of the “Dream 9,” nine Mexican nationals brought to the U.S. as children. Even though seven of the nine lived, worked and went to school in Mexico without incident, they were granted asylum. Most thought they would be deported.

“The orders from Washington are to simply turn these people loose,” said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. “All you have to say is you qualify for the Dream Act and/or you intend to apply, and they’re instructed by their higher-ups to simply turn these people loose, to set them free and let them pursue any path they want.”


[Editor’s Note: See here for more on the “Dream 9.”]

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  • din_do_nuffins

    I have a “credible fear” about the safety of my White privilege. Where can I go?

  • Puggg

    Afraid of the cartels?

    What if they are the cartels?

    • Sick of it

      They are the cartels. That has come out in bits and pieces over the years, as cartel violence escalates in America.

    • JDInSanDiego

      What if they are just plain Mexicans? They’re still not good enough for this country. They’re still going to be a negative influence and a drain. And as usual they did nothing for their own county but run from it instead of fighting for it. So when will they ever care enough about this country to sacrifice anything for it?

      • Puggg

        Mexican drug gangs and drug cartels are a consequence of Mexican folkways and culture and habits. Even if we never let a single cartel member in and only let in “just plain Mexicans,” drug cartels or some other kind of criminal syndicates will eventually materialize from the barrios which they will form.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      If living in Mexico and having “credible fear” of drug cartels is all you need to get into Gringolandia…we got some 80 million more on the way.

      Wish they had credible fear of the executive branch of the government enforcing the law…

  • kjh64

    Asylum rules, according to UN dictates, say that people seeking asylum are to go to the first safe country they come to. Thus, people from Africa or Asia or the Middle East seeking asylum are to go to another country in Africa, Asia or the Middle East. This would mean that say the Chinese should go to Mongolia. The only people who should be able to seek asylum in the US would be Canadians, who of course don’t need it, or Mexicans who also don’t need it. Asylum means that you are fleeing government persecution or some type of ethnic pogrom. It does not include fleeing private criminals.

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      Indeed. I wonder how anyone can possibly demand Canada give them asylum, when we don’t really share borders with anyone but the USA.

  • bigone4u

    Walk these monsters back to the border and then send them over the line with a swift kick to the rear–a nice hard one. Then warn them they’ll be shot if seen crossing illegally again. They are scamming the system, as the story makes clear.

  • David Ashton

    Many millions could seek refuge or asylum in western “democracoes from any political, social, religious, gender, military or even economic discomfort, and this process has already started.

    • Sick of it

      But not German Christians seeking safety from a reborn East Germany.

      • RisingReich

        Or German (insert any adjective here)…

      • Romulus

        The Romeike’s. You can’t homeschool your children there. It would deny the state of it’s indoctrination program which posits that Germans are the worlds most evil people. I would suggest a different ethnicity! I will maintain till the day I die, that white war 1&2 , we’re the greatest stupidities all around in the history of mankind. Epic tragedy.

        • borogirl54

          They are EU citizens, they can go other EU countries where they can homeschool such as the UK.

          • Romulus

            I fear for the UK. http://Www.eliotlakenews/African violence comes to Ireland. The Romeikes would prefer to stay in Tennessee. If someone could provide a link,I’d like to make a contribution to them. Ladies and gentlemen, if you’d like , here are two others to donate to, Taya Kyle (Chris’ widow) and Greg Mara of American patriots in Art who did the statue of Chris Kyle.

          • Sick of it

            They may be deported back to Germany from the UK to pay a penalty for past discretions. The EU is not known for justice.

  • Sick of it

    #1 It would have been cheaper and more efficient to bus them back across the border without worrying about red tape.
    #2 Too bad there’s no “credible fear” of our immigration laws being enforced.

    • IstvanIN

      Catapult them back over the border.

  • IstvanIN

    Reward bad behavior, get more of it is my usual refrain, but perhaps I should change it to United States surrenders.

  • borogirl54

    Thanks to the Dream 9 there are going to me more Mexicans and Central Americans claiming asylum due to drug cartels. It is too bad that they cannot be held in detention until it is determined if their claims are legitimate or not. It is too bad that unlike Australia who has made it clear that new boat arrivals without visas will be resettled in Papua New Guinea instead of Australia, we are allowing these people to settle here illegally without knowing who they are.

  • Romulus

    Many more will come in anticipation of amnesty claiming asylum as it makes it harder to deport.them. In the case of the cartels, they’re using Americas national forests to grow their dope instead of trafficking across the border. All the while the left helps keep demand high and treat societies drug use as a condition. The decay continues.

  • RisingReich

    These ‘stinking masses’ should be on a very uncomfortable, sweaty, nauseating bus ride back to the nearest border, and dropped on the other side with whatever they have on their backs.

    We as a Nation owe them NOTHING. Our compassion for invaders should end with the bus ride home.

  • me

    The article fails to mention that most US citizens, including Mexican Americans that became citizens by following the letter of the law, are PISSED OFF! Our government is the greatest threat to our safety, our well-being, and our future. They are tyrants, thieves, and bullies.
    Did the thieving, law-breaking squat monsters get to order room service, too–on the taxpayers dime? I bet they did!

    • saxonsun

      Pissed off and doing nothing substantial about it.

  • Mexico is clearly a failed state, but if we are expected to accept “refugees”, we are also entitled to intervene with military force.

    Why aren’t the greaseritos running to Guatemala?

    • Viking_61

      “Failed State”

      Mexico is the world’s 14th largest economy

      Mexican GDP per capita is 81st in the world at $15,100 per person

      Mexico’s GDP growth rate is 3.9%, at least three times higher than US GDP growth


      These Mexicans are here for the gibs me dat. They pay no income tax but receive endless freebies. If they lived in Mexico they wouldn’t have free food, housing and education to assist in raising their family broods. In the US these costs are taken care of by idiotic white taxpayers. Many illegals I have talked to plan on returning to Mexico once they are done abusing our education, housing and EBT systems to raise their broods of anchor babies. They say they hope their anchor baby children subsidize their retirements in Mexico with ever more remittances.

      • Extra-judicial executions by their army negates any economic progress they have inadvertently made.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          Yeah, but it gives the lie to the poor, hardworking, traditionalist Mexican script.

  • I believe that we need to retool the Republican Party for starters. We have to make them realize that passing themselves off as the lesser of two evils ends.
    I’m a daily Amren reader, but I’ll be voting a straight ticket Democratic Party except for the most conservative republicans. The sooner the bottom falls out, the sooner we can get down to business.

    • You would be better off not voting for anyone but the best Republicans. If you vote Democrat, the message the political class will interpret from that is that people want amnesty and open borders.

      While we’re all mad at the RINO-Establishment, don’t forget in the Senate, 100% of its Democrats voted for the Gang Bangers of Eight bill. If there is a House vote, and I hope there isn’t, almost all Democrats there will vote for it. (I hope the poster that calls him or her self “Plutocrats Fear Populism” would read what I just wrote a hundred times.)

    • MBlanc46

      We need to abandon the idea that the two-party system can ever be used against the interests of the elites. We must organize outside the electoral system.

    • joesolargenius

      I can understand your frustration with the GOP , however voting a straight party ticket is never a good idea because you may allow into office a really bad person. We must always carefully scrutinize those seeking power over us less we allow the Devil to enter our home and win influence over our family!

    • WR_the_realist

      Vote Constitution Party if it’s on your ballot. Democrats don’t deserve to be elected just because they’re not Republicans.

    • newscomments70

      Vote for the rising tea party candidates, don’t vote for white genocide. If not, then vote third party.

    • WR_the_realist

      Remember that when you vote Democrat to punish Republicans they don’t get a memo saying, “I didn’t vote for you because you favor illegal immigration, more legal immigration, stupid wars, and throwing away the Bill of Rights.” Instead, they assume the voters are telling them to act more like Democrats. So they vote for more illegal and legal immigration, more big government programs, etc.

  • RHG

    We have complete insanity gripping this country now concerning Mexico.

    • ms_anthro

      It’s not insanity. It’s clear-eyed, cold, malicious, conscientious treason. Our government is now occupied at the highest levels by traitors that hate its founding documents, principles, and population.

      We are under attack.

    • Bossman

      Integrate North America and Mexico will no longer be a problem.

  • mobilebay

    As I watched the report on TV today about the “run for the border” because of “fear of drug cartels,” I couldn’t believe it when the four cities some were release to appeared on the screen. One of the four was MYcity in Texas! What is it going to take to stop the invasion of our country? Washington doesn’t want it stopped. We have no one to depend on.

    • Sick of it

      The people could stop it, but the government would literally intervene to prevent us from upholding the law.

      • ms_anthro

        Then perhaps we should “intervene” back, en masse.

    • MBlanc46

      “We have no one to depend on.”

      Only ourselves.

  • cecilhenry

    Parasites, that’s all these people are.

    That’s all this mentality represents.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Well, they’ve already put one illegal alien up in a $7.9 million, 5,000 square foot mansion on Martha’s Vineyard.

    They even flew his dog in on a modified Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey!!


    • bigone4u

      I love dogs as I’ve written here before. Thus, I do not begrudge Bo his fun in the sun. It’s his master King Obongo who should be in his office in DC working. Send amren a picture postcard Bo.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Isn’t this why you and other taxpayers get up early in the morning? So the president and his wife and his dog and large entourage can enjoy lavish vacations at places you can only dream about?

        I’m sure American soldiers fighting “terrorism” in Afghanistan feel the same exact way — protecting the president’s lifestyle, WELL, that is certainly worth the sacrifice of one’s life. (Imagine if Roosevelt had done this during WW II).

        Your life and mine are worthless to these idiots, comrade, they see us as piggy banks and cannon fodder, nothing more.

        Now get to work! Tens of millions of welfare parasites are depending on you.


    • Bossman

      Well, at least, you’ve got to admit that this “illegal alien” is very smart to be able to do this or less the American public is very stupid. Which is it?

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        …is very smart to be able to do this or less the American public is very stupid.

        I assume you mean unless the American public is very stupid.

        You just answered your own question, LOL.


        • saxonsun

          The absolute best–thanks.

  • Spartacus

    Yeah, I’m sure they’ll stay in hotels, and not rent small homes and crowd them with 20-30 people at a time…

  • Stentorian_Commentator

    Who’s up for internment camps for refugees? Let’s make it suck there, and see how many want to remain refugees.

  • Thor Bonham

    So why don’t they go south as in south America ? I guess because there is no welfare there..

  • joesolargenius

    I wonder what would happen if I fled to another Country claiming I was fleeing a corrupt political system in America !

  • WR_the_realist

    The refugee program has always been the most dangerous part of our immigration system. No matter what limits or restrictions you might place on immigration people can always get in by claiming to be persecuted. The most plausible places to be persecuted in are precisely the places we least want immigration from — Somalia, Mexico, Ghana, etc.

    • IstvanIN

      Stop taking refugees, very simple.