Those newest illegal entrants to this country from Central America have come with the promise of being able to stay and receive benefits. And sure enough, right on schedule, that permission and those benefits are starting to flow.
Did anyone ever doubt this would be the case? Did anyone think that the phrase “expedited deportation process” had anything to do with actually being forced to leave the country? Exactly as expected—and fully expected by the new arrivals, too—what’s being expedited is the liberal (in several senses of the world) granting of asylum to droves of newcomers [emphasis mine]:
The Judiciary Committee says asylum approval rates have “increased dramatically” under the Obama administration. Overall, according to the committee statement, “Approval rates by asylum officers have increased from 28 percent in 2007 to 46 percent in 2013 and approval rates by immigration judges in affirmative cases have increased from 51 percent in 2007 to 74 percent in 2013.” And that does not count appeals.
“Once individuals are granted asylum,” the report notes, “they have access to all major federal welfare programs.
Anyone who followed the Boston bomber case was already aware of the vast amount of aid those granted asylum can and do regularly receive (even, or especially, under false pretenses, which is not at all unusual). When did it come to this? When did the law begin to take nearly all comers and, instead of giving them an opportunity to work, began to give them rewards and handouts for breaking the law and living off others?