Hoping for Asylum, Migrants Strain U.S. Border

Julia Preston, New York Times, April 11, 2014

Border Patrol agents in olive uniforms stood in broad daylight on the banks of the Rio Grande, while on the Mexican side smugglers pulled up in vans and unloaded illegal migrants.

The agents were clearly visible on that recent afternoon, but the migrants were undeterred. Mainly women and children, 45 in all, they crossed the narrow river on the smugglers’ rafts, scrambled up the bluff and turned themselves in, signaling a growing challenge for the immigration authorities.

After six years of steep declines across the Southwest, illegal crossings have soared in South Texas while remaining low elsewhere. The Border Patrol made more than 90,700 apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley in the past six months, a 69 percent increase over last year.

The migrants are no longer primarily Mexican laborers. Instead they are Central Americans, including many families with small children and youngsters without their parents, who risk a danger-filled journey across Mexico. Driven out by deepening poverty but also by rampant gang violence, increasing numbers of migrants caught here seek asylum, setting off lengthy legal procedures to determine whether they qualify.

The new migrant flow, largely from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, is straining resources and confounding Obama administration security strategies that work effectively in other regions. {snip}

With detention facilities, asylum offices and immigration courts overwhelmed, enough migrants have been released temporarily in the United States that back home in Central America people have heard that those who make it to American soil have a good chance of staying.

“Word has gotten out that we’re giving people permission and walking them out the door,” said Chris Cabrera, a Border Patrol agent who is vice president of the local of the National Border Patrol Council, the agents’ union. “So they’re coming across in droves.”

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The new migrants head for South Texas because it is the shortest distance from Central America. Many young people ride across Mexico on top of freight trains, jumping off in Reynosa.

The Rio Grande twists and winds, and those who make it across can quickly hide in sugar cane fields and orchards. In many places it is a short sprint to shopping malls and suburban streets where smugglers pick up migrants to continue north.

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But whereas Mexicans can be swiftly returned by the Border Patrol, migrants from noncontiguous countries must be formally deported and flown home by other agencies. Even though federal flights are leaving South Texas every day, Central Americans are often detained longer.

Women with children are detained separately. But because the nearest facility for “family units” is in Pennsylvania, families apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley are likely to be released while their cases proceed, a senior deportations official said.

Minors without parents are turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services, which holds them in shelters that provide medical care and schooling and tries to send them to relatives in the United States. The authorities here are expecting 35,000 unaccompanied minors this year, triple the number two years ago.

Under asylum law, border agents are required to ask migrants if they are afraid of returning to their countries. If the answer is yes, migrants must be detained until an immigration officer interviews them to determine if the fear is credible. If the officer concludes it is, the migrant can petition for asylum. An immigration judge will decide whether there is a “well-founded fear of persecution” based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or “membership in a particular social group.”

Immigration officials said they had set the bar intentionally low for the initial “credible fear” test, to avoid turning away a foreigner in danger. In 2013, 85 percent of fear claims were found to be credible, according to federal figures.

As more Central Americans have come, fear claims have spiked, more than doubling in 2013 to 36,026 from 13,931 in 2012.

The chances have not improved much to win asylum in the end, however. In 2012, immigration courts approved 34 percent of asylum petitions from migrants facing deportation–2,888 cases nationwide. Many Central Americans say they are fleeing extortion or forced recruitment by criminal gangs. But immigration courts have rarely recognized those threats as grounds for asylum.

Yet because of immense backlogs in the courts–with the average wait for a hearing currently at about 19 months–claiming fear of return has allowed some Central Americans to prolong their time in the United States.

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  • Luca

    Our immigration enforcement is a sad farce. Anyone with the wits of a six-year old can out maneuver our authorities and guidelines, claim they are afraid to return home and stay here long enough to blend into the woodwork while waiting for an amnesty proclamation.

    • APaige

      It seems more like invasion enforcement. And why should we care if Central or South Americans are being persecuted by other Central and South Americans? Never welcome those who do not get along with others.

      • Dale McNamee

        Also, never welcome those who can neither respect, observe, nor obey our laws…

    • Northerner

      Illegal immigration harms the U.S. more than terrorists do. Our still-mostly-white government either doesn’t know or doesn’t care. The losers will be the American people.

      • Bossman

        No! Illegal immigrants are keeping the U.S. Dollar strong by keeping wage inflation low. They also save more and send U.S. Dollars abroad which is used to buy more U.S. goods.

        • Einsatzgrenadier

          Wrong. The dollar exchange rate is either pegged by a central bank or determined by supply and demand. It has nothing to do with wages. An immigrant-induced shift in labor supply actually harms native workers because it puts downward pressure on wages and living standards. 3rd world immigrants, whether legal or illegal, are totally useless and were never wanted by the white electorate. They’re being used by the American government to ethnically cleanse white people.

          • Bossman

            Keeping a currency strong has everything to do with inflation and the prime cause of inflation is wage inflation. When wages go up, everything else goes up. Perhaps you should say non-white immigration to be more precise; the term “3rd world” is becoming meaningless.

          • Einsatzgrenadier

            The primary cause of inflation is growth in the money supply, not wages. An increase in wages does not lead to inflation. This has already been explained to you. 3rd world = non-white and relatively unsophisticated or backwards. It is an accurate description of people like yourself, “Bossman”.

          • Wage inflation takes money out of one person’s pocket and puts it in another person’s pocket. Increasing the money supply, aka quantitative easement, aka legal counterfeiting, increases the total amount of money in the economy and so that devalues each individual banknote the same way anything scarce experiences a drop in price when a new source is found.

          • Bossman

            Increasing the money supply can happen with relative ease since the Dollar is printed out of thin air and is not backed up by anything.

          • Alexandra1973

            That’s what causes inflation!

  • JSS

    “Word has gotten out that we’re giving people permission and walking them out the door,” said Chris Cabrera, a Border Patrol agent who is vice president of the local of the National Border Patrol Council, the agents’ union. “So they’re coming across in droves.”

    God this country is such an utter joke. While we have gotten to the point of literally aiding the Mexican invaders our police and various alphabet agency’s are arming to the teeth with MRAPs, drones, and hollow points. Any White person who can’t see the writing on the wall really isn’t paying attention or is very naive.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      The US, like most other western countries, is a totalitarian police state with open borders.

      • JSS

        I think nonwhites genuinely have it pretty good in western counties. They are protected and given preference. I don’t think the west is totalitarian towards therm. Whites do face genuine persecution though. To very loosely repeat something said by Goebells “the best way to control people is to give them the illusion of choice”. As long as we Whites think we can vote our way out of our planned genocide we will continue to self censer and get nowhere. What’s really frustrating to me is that our overlords have been very blatant lately about what they intend for us yet still many Whites hang their flags in their front yards and think they just need to keep voting Republican or something.

      • Bossman

        If it had really open borders, there would be no need to sneak in. The European Union has open borders with its member states. The USA has NAFTA with Canada and Mexico and CAFTA with Central America but those agreements doesn’t include free migration.

        • mobilebay

          What about the people who’ve waited for years, done all the paperwork and depended on our government to do the right thing when it comes to applying for citizenship? I’m sure they realize they’ve been fools for believing this and previous administrations. All they needed to do was to get to Mexico and walk across the border. Our government caresnothing about them when compared to illegals anymore than they care about unemployed citizens while they work to get jobs for people who disregard our laws. Up is down, and down is up.

        • Einsatzgrenadier

          For all intents and purposes, the US is an open border police state. Immigration enforcement is so lax that almost anyone can get in. Once you’re in, you face practically zero risk of deportation.

          • Bossman

            Yes, zero risk of deportation but it means living a life in the shadows for ever.

          • mobilebay

            Living a life in the shadows? This statement is as ridiculous as “we’re going to secure the borders.” If it’s not illegals marching for their “rights” in the streets, classrooms filled with illegal children, in the open doing construction jobs, service jobs, yard work, lined up at the welfare offices, painting graffiti on the nearest wall, living 20 to an apartment, draining our natural and social resources, crowding the grocery aisle with four kids under five years of age and another on the way, then who the h—are they?

          • Alexandra1973

            You’d think a welfare office would be a good place for ICE to set up shop and round them up…I don’t see that happening.

          • Hallie Eva

            You forgot the jammed emergency rooms and crisis clinics. Interpreters demanded and provided.

          • Hallie Eva

            In days of yore, when ICE was allowed to do its job, we had a joke about how a White citizen patient might expedite his/her care when confronted with California ER waiting rooms jammed with mestizos, insured Whites waiting 8 hours before they are even triaged, let alone seen.
            Our joke scenario: borrow a jacket with large, official looking letters ICE embossed on the back and front, [as FBI or police jackets.]
            That should clear out the E.R. waiting room in a trice. Of course, this is no longer true. Mestizos know their rights in several languages.

          • evilsandmich

            Don’t forget protesting in front of the place that’s supposed to be deporting them. Real “shadows” there.

    • evilsandmich

      Mexicans are bad enough but: The new migrant flow, largely from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras; these places are the worst to import people from in the western hemisphere, outside of Haiti of course.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    USA is Elmer Fudd. Yosemite Sam. The keystone cops. We are a joke and every third world low IQ pheasant knows it. Someone said the other day that the US government is obsessed with becoming a third-world country and that is all you really need to know about our government, regardless of one’s politics or genetics.

  • Obviously, Mexico is letting these invaders into Mexico along it’s southern border, most likely in exchange for bribes. Mexico should be sending them back to El Salvador, Guatemala, etc. A USA government with “cajones” would tell Mexico to either stop the invaders at Mexico’s border with those countries or else bye-bye Mr. Nice Guy.

    The word has spread throughout the world that Uncle Sucker is waiting with money and a warm handshake of international friendship. Uncle Sam ought to be camped out with machine guns, bazookas, and maybe even a mini-nuke or two to send a different message.

    God, what has become of this once great country.

    • Our nation is imploding before our very eyes. America has died.

      • I don’t think America died so much as it’s been killed.

        It’s not like it was an accident or anything…

    • blight14

      I think we all know that there is but ONE way this is going to turn around/cease, that is by good, old-fashioned war. Hopefully at some point our people will wake up and join forces to run these vermin from our lands. It ISN’T going to be accomplished any other way, period.

  • Simonetta

    The problem isn’t zillions of unwanted people coming out of Central America, it’s gallizions of unwanted people coming out of Central American vaginas. Seriously, the best way to deal with the ‘hockey stick’ population issue to institute massive birth control programs in all these third world hell-holes.
    Either that or divide all these yabos into red sneaker:blue sneaker teams and have all kill each other for no reason at all like the worshipers of non-violent MLK do here.
    I’ve coined the phrase: “If you breed them and can’t feed them, then you must either bleed ’em or secede them.” * Meaning, if your peasants are making too many babies and there’s no way that you’re going to change your economic structure to provide jobs for the little nippers when they teen out, then you have to get rid of them by either starting a big war to get them all killed off (the Iranian approach) or just ship them off (or smuggle them in) to somebody-else’s country and let them deal with the problem (the Mexican and Filipino approach).

    *Si usted no puede alimentarlos, no los críe. (If you can’t feed ’em, don’t breed ’em)

    Bumper sticker for your car.

    • Northerner

      The only nations to have success with population limits & family planning are Asian. There is no non-Asian country to set a similar precedent.

    • saxonsun

      Central American anuses.

    • But why should they worry about feeding them,
      when they know we will?

  • RisingReich

    What happened to the minutemen?

    • JSS

      That’s who the drones and hollow points are for. This country’s dead and there’s no use trying to save it. I think our time would be much mutter spent organizing and prepping amongst ourselves then sitting on the border in a totally symbolic gesture of trying to hold back the mud.

      • rasher223

        It’s pretty much up to us to keep things rolling.

        Our racial group has been completely decimated by western leadership. A testament to how poorly they can operate a civilization. They are ideologically flawed and unwilling to admit it. They’ll defend it to the last caucasian.

        Sad.

        We’re the only group of people in human history who engineered its own self-destruction. How humiliating.

        • blight14

          WE didn’t engineer our self destruction, a small minority among us gets 99% of the ‘credit’ for that…………

    • Bossman

      Some of their leaders are in jail right now.

  • borogirl54

    What needs to happen is word needs to get out that your asylum claim is not likely to be approved. I read something today that some Hondurans who were injured riding a train into Northern Mexico were asking Mexico to provide them with protection against the police and gangs that prevent them from making it to the US.

    • Greg Thomas

      It doesn’t really matter if their asylum claim is approved or not. They are often released into this country pending the asylum claim, never to be seen again. Of course, once here, nobody will go looking for them, even if their claim is eventually denied. They win either way.

  • r j p

    There is not enough marijuana being grown in our national parks or liquor being distilled in Kentucky to get me to believe that chart or any of the BS she is spewing.

  • mobilebay

    The invasion continues, aided and abetted by our own government. Come one, come all! Id you can manage to sneak in, or overstay your visa, you’re home free. Americans are being replaced by third world criminals who are being cheered on by this administration, businesses, anti-American organizations and churches. Trouble is, there’s nowhere for us to go. For the first time in our history, we’re being beaten by people who just walk in and colonize.

  • NoMosqueHere

    And this article doesn’t deal with thousands of muslim terrorists and their enablers who are here illegally.

    But, it’s never going to stop, until the country implodes.

  • KevinPhillipsBong

    It’s Black Friday and everything’s FREE! Come in and grab what you want!

  • MekongDelta69

    But, but, but – “They’re doing it out of an act of love.” (Jeb Bush)

    • Yeah…love of freebies…

    • mobilebay

      Jeb, I’d never vote for you, and that would be my act of love. Your first act as President would be to bring the last three people in Mexico here.

  • Nancy Thomas

    Obama is FILTH and should be removed from office NOW.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Obongo isn’t even a legitimate president, but a usurper. He was only elected because of the radical demographic transformation of the US electorate.

      • r j p

        He was elected because of massive voter fraud.

        • John

          Could this be because Jews are only 2% of the electorate they still control 90% of the voting machines?

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    This is proof of why we need comprehensive immigration reform, to make immigration more comprehensive.

    It’s too bad these poor souls are stuck in the shadows. All that brain power waiting to be legalized.

  • Hallie Eva

    From experience in Marin County Calif. which seems to have more than its share of Central Americans, I can tell you they are the worst of the worst. Very low IQ, [lower than Messcans], lazy, criminally inclined, eager to hook up with and impregnate a White girl. And they do just that.
    No trouble finding SS offices for benefits, food and housing, though speak no English, and in some cases not even Mexican.
    California is sinking fast.

    • Bossman

      If they are stupid and lazy, how can they travel such long distances and quickly find assistance that they need?

      • Alucard_the_last

        White guilt.

      • Hallie Eva

        You must not live in California.
        Travel seems to pose no problem for motivated criminal border jumpers from C/A. If they make it into unwelcoming Mexico, that country transports them North to be rid of them. Otherwise, coyotes, smugglers, drug cartel chiefs are all in the business of trafficking.
        Once here, between the already entrenched Central American community, liberal social workers who steer them to the proper agencies, and the helpful, supportive, racially isolated DWLs who do not need to live among them, they find their way into the generous social welfare system offered by the once great state of California, including housing, food, child care, medical care, the works.
        Interpreters are, of course, provided.

    • Alucard_the_last

      Funny that these that immigrants, legal or not, suddenly learn English when it comes to money. Go into a immigrant restaurant and speak English. The wait staff will say ‘no speak-a English’. After the meal, tell them you have no money and you’ll see them reciting Shakespeare. If you do speak their language, they’ll be more than happy to say ‘you speak with American accent’. When immigrants speak bad English and we say something, then its racism. After money, squealing racism is the 1st thing they learn.

      • Hallie Eva

        Amazing, is it not? Their English appears or disappears depending on what is needed in the moment especially if money is involved or they are arguing for “their rights.”
        Find this is true of Asians too.

  • Pro_Whitey

    But wait, people from Mexico and points south! Don’t be too quick to run to the U.S.! Amnesty will be available only to those who can prove they have been here for “a while.” You will have to pay a fine! You will have to learn English! And you’ll have to pay taxes! And welfare? Forget about it! That should make you think twice! (so ends my comedy routine for the week)

  • saxonsun

    Illegal immigration is a national form of home invasion and we need to treat the intruders as we would if they came into our homes.

  • TXCriollo

    The left is creating safety states for these folk, ny california mass.

  • Malgus

    The sociopaths in Mordor on the Potomac have ONE STINKIN’ JOB specifically spelled out in the Constitution that they must do – and that is protect our borders. Not only are they not doing that, they are going out of their way to eliminate the border entirely and make US Citizenship a punchline… if they can amnesty the whole stinkin’ lot of these infiltrators, that’s a generational voting bloc…

    This is treason. Plain and simple. And I’ll call them traitors to their fat faces – I’m past caring anymore…

    • They are traitors but more to the point, they are whores.
      And they take orders from their ‘johns’ in New York and elsewhere.

      • Malgus

        Oh I agree completely! With conventional whores, at least they’re honest and up front about how much money they will take.. the hypocrites in Mordor like to pretend they’re working for you, personally, but in reality they don’t give a crap about you and your problems… they just take the payola from the squidlings in New Yawk and other squid strongholds.

        We’re being ruled by proxy…

  • Bossman

    In a sensible and rational world, the USA government would be able to say to the Central American governments: Your citizens are marching and swimming across our borders, they must like us very much so you’re invited to join our union. Note well, all of the USA was once populated by the ancestors of the same people who are now crossing the Rio Grande.

    • IstvanIN

      Actually we should be shooting the invaders.

    • mobilebay

      Hey, Bossman, pick up a history book and look up the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. On second thought, I’m sure that’s been revised and Mexico is the rightful owner of all of our lands in the southwest. That’s what they believe anyway.

      • evilsandmich

        Bossman appears to have been drinking too much Reason Magazine juice.

  • Bossman

    Bed bugs and cockroaches are more likely being brought in by legal immigrants with lots of luggage.

  • mobilebay

    Call your representatives and demand that illegal entry be designated a federal crime. Perhaps that would stop the invasion if illegals thought they would automatically spend time in prison if caught. I’m sure the rest of the world would be up in arms about that, but haven’t we danced to everyone else’s tune long enough? Especially Mexico’s? We’re the dumping ground and laughingstock of the world.

    • What “representatives?”

      • mobilebay

        Touche’

  • blight14

    I bet the folks at the NYT just LOVE writing stories like this……..the defilement of white America is likely the alter at which they pray.

    • IstvanIN

      The Times is owned by the Sulzberger family with a big boost from Carlos Slim. We got no friends there.

  • Bossman

    Your post is not history or science or even facts. All I can say to you is that all the natives of the Americas are of the same race and in pre-Columbian times had no governments and no real borders.

    • IstvanIN

      No one north of mexcio had borders or a government in the modern sense. The Aztec’s had a government, Emporer, taxes, cities, etc. but were never north of the Rio Grande. They have no claim on the US. You also seem to forget that the Amerindians from Canada to Chile consisted of MANY different ethnic groups who did not sing kumbaya.

  • FransSusan

    The US must stop supporting these parasites. That would help end a lot of the flood of third world, low IQ types into the US. I’m tired of paying flagrantly abusive taxes to support these ne’r do wells.

  • POLARBEAR MAXIM

    We should take the advice of our business
    partner and the presidents adversary…….
    I think Putin has the right attitude when it
    concerns outsiders flooding the landscape.

    • Hallie Eva

      Let us hope he stays the course. Some do not trust his stance.

  • Is this “gang violence” just “random”or is is caused by Central American greaseritos identical to the ones fleeing it?

    A quick look at a map clearly also shows that the “first other country” is not the United States. International refugee law is not a travel agency.

  • Herman

    It may be a daunting task to stop this immigration nightmare but it still could be done at a tiny, tiny fraction of the cost of the insane Iraq and Afghanistan wars.