Federal officials are booking hotel rooms for illegal immigrants, and the American taxpayers are footing the bill.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has purchased hotel rooms, paying up to $99 per night for an “unexpected surge” of Mexicans who crossed the border and sought asylum in America, with more than 200 doing so in a given day.
An ICE report shared on Fox News stated that illegal immigrants were transported to hotels using vans and were escorted to their rooms by armed agents. If emerging news reports are accurate, all a Mexican citizen has to say to be granted asylum is that they have a real fear of drug cartels and they are given entry to the United States.
“People were sleeping on floors,” an unnamed long-time border agent told Fox News. “They had nowhere to put them. This shouldn’t be happening. Unless there is an immediate and well-publicized change, this situation will become another debacle.”
The ICE employee also told Fox News that some illegal immigrants are being allowed to leave for addresses in New York, Florida, and Texas. According to the border control staffer, when the Mexicans seeking asylum do not show back up for court, they are “removed in absentia” by an immigration judge.
The massive influx of illegal immigrants showing up at processing stations is reportedly due to a loophole discerned recently in border crossing policy. Immigrants merely need to say the “key words” to border control officials and they are welcomed to America.
The Otay Mesa border crossing near San Diego was forced to close recently when 200 people suddenly showed up and told the agents that they had a “credible fear of drug cartels.”
Of course, nearly everyone in Mexico could claim such a worry and seek asylum in the United States.
Peter Nunez, a former Southern California US attorney, said:
This clearly has to have been orchestrated by somebody. It’s beyond belief that dozens of thousands of people would simultaneously decide they should go to the US and make this claim [and] make our system even more ridiculous than it has been in the past. There are no detention facilities for families, so the family would have to be split up. We don’t want to split families up, so we end up releasing people out into the community on bond, on bail.
Nunez, who is now affiliated with the Center for Immigration Studies, said there is a long history of immigrants who abscond from scheduled court hearings and simply blend into the community.
Approximately 600,000 to 800,000 illegal immigrants skip their court dates on an annual basis, and the number of asylum claims has been on the rise during the past four years. The majority of asylum seekers reportedly come from China, Ethiopia and Egypt. Typically, less than 200 asylum requests come from Mexican citizens each yet. The 200-plus requests per day, all at once, give credence to the argument voiced by some that the drug cartel loophole influx has been a coordinated event.
Do you consider illegal immigration a national security issue and the drug cartel asylum loophole a serious problem?