Posted on January 24, 2024

The Biden Administration Let Migrants Apply for Asylum on an App. They Still Crossed the Border Illegally.

Joseph Simonson, Washington Free Beacon, January 17, 2024

For months, the Biden administration blew past its self-imposed cap on asylum applications through the CBP One app. And then in December, applications plummeted.

That’s because migrants are finding it easier to enter the country illegally, internal memos obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.

“Why wait to be scheduled for an interview to come over when you can immediately cross, surrender to Border Patrol, and get stamped with a court date in the next decade?” a senior Department of Homeland Security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Free Beacon.

Illegal border crossings have surged in the year since President Joe Biden marked the launch of CBP One with the promise that it would “substantially reduce the number of people attempting to cross our southwest border without going through a legal process.”

Biden in particular pointed to the success of a trial program that showed a dramatic drop of illegal border crossings from Venezuelans. Documents obtained by the Free Beacon show that CBP One appointments for Venezuelans plummeted in December and January.

“This program was meant to give Customs and Border Protection an easier time, but the Biden administration is completely oblivious to basic incentives and feels no urgency,” the senior official told the Free Beacon.


Now, with little threat of deportation, many migrants believe it is easier to simply cross the border illegally than go through the CBP One app, internal agency documents show. {snip}