Obama Is Letting Aliens With Bogus Asylum Claims Into The United States

Obama_signing_112414The Washington Times recently published an informative piece on political asylum by immigration reporter Stephen Dinan. It casts light on a number of important flaws in America’s asylum policies. Particularly the lax attitude the Obama administration has had toward security and public safety concerns connected with asylum seekers.

Political asylum allows foreigners in the U.S. or at its borders to seek refuge if they have a credible fear of persecution on account of race, religion, political opinion, nationality or membership in a particular social group. Individuals who prove to an immigration officer that they have a reasonable belief they will be persecuted in their country of origin are permitted to remain in the U.S., pending an asylum hearing. Those who cannot demonstrate a credible fear are returned home.

For decades, the political asylum process has been the target of fraud. Merely having a pending asylum application was an easy way to be paroled into the United States and get work authorization. Due to backlogs at Immigration and Naturalization Service Offices and the Immigration Court parole pending an asylum application meant years of quasi-lawful presence and profitable employment. And large numbers of those paroled to request asylum absconded, failing to ever appear for asylum hearings.

In 1996, Congress attempted to correct these problems by passing legislation requiring any asylum application to be filed within one year after entry into the United States and requiring the detention of anyone requesting asylum without proper travel and identity documents. The measure was signed into law by President Clinton. In 2007, the Bush administration tightened its parole policies in deference to post September 11, 2001 national security concerns.

In 2009, the Obama administration reversed this policy and began paroling virtually all asylum seekers into the U.S., where they frequently disappear, becoming illegal aliens.

A larger percentage of the world’s population is fleeing war and strife than at any other time in history. And the number of individuals requesting asylum when arrested by the border patrol has risen from 1 percent in 2010 to 9 percent in 2016.

This means that, without proper administration, the very laws we have enacted to protect freedom in the wider world may be turned against us. Rather than permitting our Asylum program to become the tool of alien smugglers, human traffickers and terrorists, the incoming Trump administration should conduct a comprehensive review of U.S. asylum laws and policies, attempting to minimize the risks associated with asylum, while maintaining their spirit.

About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


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    The reason Crooked Hillary has been hanging around so long after her official departure is that she has been Obama’s Swamp Operations Director. He needed someone with thirty years of experience in pulling the wool over people eyes so he could get away with the outrageous things he has done.

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    Every facet of the operation of the government has gotten bogged down in this swamp. We are lucky to have someone like Trump to get things back in order.

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      Yea sure!! you guys are lucky to have a president who’s wife is in magazines almost nude and can’t ever create a speech of her own. You guys are also lucky to have a president that insult ladies. You big men thinkle like children or maybe you guys are just racist. This is a fucking 16 year old speeking.

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      There are to many people that have been brain washed, they act stupid, they don’t get the real problem in this country.
      Obama is the real problem NOT TRUMP- Obama is opening our borders up to let Muslims in to take over this country from WITH IN, we won’t need guns THE ENAMY IS RIGHT HERE. We can’t afford to open are arms to all these refugees. Obama has cut, Vets, Medical programs, used our Social Security& Welfare, and given this money to help Muslim, whom hate Americans and all we stand for, the vow to RAPE American women if they don’t convert.
      They rape their own children, stone their women, beat, torcher and more. They want to enforce Shaira Law which is in direct violation of our laws and constitutional rights, Sally Field lives in Tincel Town Hollywood. She never went out and got a real job. Or worked in a factory, or had to struggle with making enough money to survive.
      She’s protected by all her money and problem lives behind bars to keep the public away from her, she unexposed to real problems that are happening all around her.

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        Arlene just wait…..Trump is about to take away your social security by raising the age of retirement up to 69…. congratulations to u N secborders…please don’t cry….u guys elected him…includng Leland…

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    Actress Sally Field says she “doesn’t understand” why people would vote for Trump. What she doesn’t understand is she’s part of the problem. She’s another brainless Hollywood twit who doesn’t have to worry about her job going to Mexico or an illegal taking it here. All people like her need to do is listen and because so many people in the establishment failed to do so, a lot of voters turned to Trump because he was the only one addressing a lot of those concerns.

    The mainstream media is going out of it’s way to try and convince everyone that all the alternate media sites are promoting “fake news”, when actually it’s the mainstream media that promoted so many false narratives. How many times did Al Sharpton arrive in town, with the full backing of the media, to inflame a situation where the facts turned out to show the opposite. Whether it was the Duke lacrosse case, Ferguson Missouri, or numerous other cases, the media played up the sensational for months on end.