There has been a dramatic increase under the Obama administration in the total number of those who are granted “asylum” status and permitted to stay in the United States.
According to a House Judiciary Committee report, there has been a 586 percent increase in the total of those staying in the country from 2007 to 2013. The Executive Office for Immigration review stated as of Dec. 31, 2014, there are 415,060 non-detained cases (i.e. released into the United States) awaiting review on immigration court docket.
Asylum status is supposed to be granted to those who face a “credible fear” of persecution or torture in their country of origin.
“Unfortunately our generous asylum policies have become subject to ever increasing levels of abuse largely due to the Obama Administration’s pattern of rubber stamping ‘credible fear’ claims and asylum cases,” said Bob Goodlatte, R.-Va., chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary. “Instead of detaining asylum seekers while the government determines whether their cases are legitimate, the Obama administration simply releases them into the United States.”
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., agrees. “It changes the standards. It’s breathtaking in its liberalities in regard to what a refugee is.”
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Under current policy, aliens caught crossing the border illegally can claim asylum, and with it receive authorization to work in the United States. Once a work permit is conferred , then comes a social security card and a variety of taxpayer funded benefits such as are Supplemental Security Income, SNAP/Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Medicaid.Some of which even legal, permanent residents do not receive.
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies says it is a second bite at the apple. “You just have to be on the docket to derive the benefits. But before 2009, there wasn’t an incentive. People don’t come here to sit in detention, they come here for the work permits.”
The House Judiciary Committee recently voted a bill out of committee hoping to tighten the definition for asylum seekers, but critics argue it does not go far enough because it still leaves all the incentives in place.
“It isn’t border security if all you need is a story,” observed Jan Ting, an immigration law expert and professor at Temple University.