A recent trend along Texas’ southern border involves illegal immigrants flocking to the U.S., turning themselves in to Border Patrol officials, and then expressing credible fear for their lives. Word has apparently spread throughout Central America that immigrants who take these steps have a good chance of obtaining asylum in the U.S.
The newly popular practice is straining federal resources, causing “detention facilities, asylum offices and immigration courts [to be] overwhelmed,” according to the New York Times.
Sylvia Longmire, Breitbart Texas Contributing Editor and border security expert, said, “While historically most illegal immigrants haven’t been aware of their legal option to request a credible fear interview and likely remain in the U.S. on supervised release before their hearing (prior to which many will abscond), word is slowly starting to spread. It’s placing a huge burden on agencies like CBP and ICE.”