According to a report from Breitbart, this was the worst November for illegal immigration since 2006, with nearly 52,000 migrants crossing the border in just that one 30-day period.
While the news of the Central American caravan dominated the news, its population was hardly a drop in the bucket when it came to the total number of illegals taking advantage of our laws. Breitbart reports that, according to the research of Princeton analyst Steven Kopits, we could be on the verge of the biggest illegal immigration boom in more than a decade. His prediction is that, without a significant change in the way we handle our border security, we could see more than 600,000 illegal immigrants cross the border into the U.S. next year.
Making matters worse, Homeland Security officials said Monday that we are facing near-unprecedented levels of asylum claims at the border. According to their numbers, the U.S. experienced a 67% uptick in the number of asylum claims we processed in 2018. In hard numbers, that means that 93,000 migrants attempted to throw themselves on the mercy of the U.S., many of whom crossed the border in between ports of entry. Of course, a federal judge has ruled that where or how a migrant gets to the U.S. is not a relevant factor in determining whether or not they are eligible for asylum. No doubt, this ruling will only make things worse in the coming months.
History suggests that less than 20% of these asylum-seekers will actually be granted official refuge in the United States. However, seeing as how most of them will be released into the U.S. while they await their court date, that doesn’t matter all that much. Those who know they have no legitimate claim will simply decline to show up for their court date. From there, it’s just a matter of avoiding ICE, and they can stay in this country for as long as they wish. They may even stay long enough to be granted some form of illegal amnesty by a soft-on-immigration president! How wonderful for them.
Until and unless we do something to beef up our border security – i.e., build the wall – and until and unless we change our laws to stop incentivizing these immigrants in the first place, these problems will only worsen.
This is one of the biggest reasons Donald Trump won the 2016 election, and it is with no celebration that we look at the border and see it in worse disarray than ever. If Trump can’t get this disaster fixed, is there any hope left at all?
And if there isn’t, what is to become of our great country?