It is more than just a surge of desperate people wanting to get here before the door shuts, it is a formal part of the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty. We find that out well into the series, and only someone with inside knowledge will notice the significant actions that encouraged and abetted this latest surge, some changes in immigration policy that only could come from the very top.
As an introduction we meet an economic migrant, Emmanuel Ngunyi from Cameroon, whose claim of oppression is that he speaks English. Generally, one would think that speaking the world's most widely used language would be a leg up in life, but apparently the francophones in Cameroon are worse than the Québecois for their hatred of English speakers, though the precise nature of their oppression is not described, obviously for good reason, by author Zavis. Just some unverifiable story of arrest and beatings.
Emmanuel Ngunyi arrived in Tijuana on a flight from Mexico City, where he had spent a few days recovering from a tortuous journey that began with a flight from Cameroon to Ecuador and continued overland through half a dozen countries.We then get a strange tale of collusion between Mexican authorities and the non-Mexican illegals and even stranger new policies at the land border with Mexico regarding political asylum claims.
A member of Cameroon’s English-speaking minority, the 25-year-old had been jailed twice for supporting a banned secessionist movement. The second time was the worst, he said. His jailers tied him from a ceiling and raped him with a candle.
[The Desperate Trek Haitians - Haitians, Africans, Asians, by Alexandra Zavis, LAT, December 22, 2016]
First, the illegal aliens from outside the Western Hemisphere travel legally to some South American countries, then make their way northward to Mexico, which colludes with the illegals, moving them north to the land Ports-of-Entry (POE), mostly directed to the San Ysidro and Calexico POEs opposite Tijuana and Mexicali, respectively.
While officials here are sympathetic to the migrants’ plight, they do not hide their frustration at some of their neighbors to the south for not doing more to stem the flow that is diverting time and resources needed to help Mexicans deported from the U.S. and Central Americans applying for asylum in Mexico.Then the Mexicans add their own cooperation with the surge of illegals from Asia, Africa, and Haiti:
Many of the migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East begin their journey by paying smugglers thousands of dollars to arrange passage to countries such as Ecuador and Brazil, where it is easier for them to gain legal entry than the U.S.
“There are a couple of countries in the hemisphere, South America specifically, who have very lax immigration policies,” said Rodulfo Figueroa Pacheco, who heads the Mexican government’s National Migration Institute office for Baja California. “That gives some a foothold on the continent to move north.”
He handed her a sheet of paper issued at Mexico’s southern border that gave him 20 days to legalize his status or leave. She checked that the photograph on the document matched his face, then stamped it with a date three weeks later.So, basically, Mexican officials legalize their own illegal aliens, on the condition that those illegals head north.
Then the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty takes over. Apparently the Regime has ordered U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to cooperate with the fraudulent asylum applicants.
U.S. officials can handle only about 120 undocumented migrants a day between the two ports of entry serving Baja California. So the Mexican authorities now insist that they have appointments before allowing them to cross, a policy criticized by some human rights advocates who argue that Mexico should not stand in the way of those seeking asylum in the U.S.And here lies the problem.
Until recently, most Haitians who made it to the U.S. border were given permission to remain at least temporarily on humanitarian grounds. The Obama administration stopped deporting Haitians after the earthquake, unless they were convicted of serious crimes or were considered a security risk.Two problems here. First, as standard procedure, all persons seeking admission to the United States at a land POE, if they were found inadmissible but requested a hearing before an Immigration Judge of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) were not allowed into the United States to wait for that here, but had to remain either in Mexico or Canada to wait, with the hearing then held in an office at the Port of Entry.
In almost all cases, the aliens who were caught in fraud or misrepresentation just gave up. Since they had to wait in Mexico, there was no point continuing unless they had an airtight case in their favor, which they almost never did. So the EOIR courts at the border had few cases from the POEs unless the alien was taken into custody, which happened only if the alien was also charged in a criminal court, usually drug smugglers and those falsely claiming U.S. citizenship.
Generally, Mexicans preferred to try again with a different fraud rather than waste time at an EOIR hearing.
Secondly, the Obama Regime started changing this policy of returning all those who sought an EOIR hearing to Mexico to wait for that hearing. Instead, they used the cover of Credible Fear interviews included in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.
This act, while instituting Expedited Removal (ER) also gave illegal aliens an exemption from ER if they claimed "credible fear of persecution "as part of an asylum claim. So, with what turned out to be any specious claim of persecution, an illegal could remain in the United States until he had an interview with an asylum officer and a hearing before the EOIR. Now, at the land borders, the policy continued to be that asylum claimants had to wait in Mexico for their credible fear interviews and any subsequent hearing before the EOIR.
However, the Obama Regime changed that, seeing an opportunity to make America browner and Elect A New People, by changing the policy of waiting in Mexico for interviews and hearing.
But even the Obama Regime was concerned about the recent flood, and changed the policy back to waiting for an initial interview, not the Credible Fear interview by an Asylum Officer, but a pre-screening interview by a CBP Officer.
There was a long line of people waiting to use the pedestrian crossing at San Ysidro. He walked to the front and told the first police officer he saw: “I want to request asylum in the United States.”The only change is that the numbers of initial applicants per day have changed. Instead of overwhelming numbers each day, the number of claimants is limited. What happens now is that the illegal aliens have to wait in line each day, where they then make their specious claim of persecution to a CBP Officer, who then processes the aliens for a Credible Fear interview, but are either released into the United States or taken into custody, not returned back to Mexico to wait there for future interview before an Asylum Officer, then wait again for an EOIR hearing!
“Do you see people like you here?” the officer barked at him. He was sent to the back of the line.
When he made it to the front, he was escorted into the port of entry to wait for an interview with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The wait lasted most of the day, and he fell asleep on the tile floor.
At last, it was his turn to be questioned. An official asked his name, what country he came from, his address.
Then another official burst into the room. “No, no, no, we don’t have space for them,” he recalled her saying. “Back to Mexico. All of them back to Mexico.”
What the Obama Regime has just done is to make the illegal aliens wait in Mexico a few more days, which is their only response to a problem they created in the first place by encouraging fraudulent asylum claims as a means of entering the United States.