Phony Claims Of Asylum Allow Illegal Immigration

Recent reports say hundreds of people a week have learned the magic words that federal officials say are the trigger to claim asylum--due to loose interpretations by the current administration.

ErnestIstook2Reports say phony asylum claims are letting people sneak across our southern border just by knowing the magic words to say.

From Washington, I’m Ernest Istook.

If someone has a credible claim that they’re running from oppression, U.S. law excuses them for sneaking into the country. While officials try to decide if it’s a legitimate asylum claim or bogus, the applicant gets to stay, and often slips farther into America and disappears.

Recent reports say hundreds of people a week have learned the magic words that federal officials say are the trigger to claim asylum–due to loose interpretations by the current administration.

Laws allow discretion to public officials to deal with special situations. But whenevery situation is treated as an exception, then exceptions become the rule, and the rules become meaningless. If this isn’t changed quickly, the hundreds who are using this loophole can quickly become tens of thousands of extra illegal immigrants.

From Washington, I’m Ernest Istook.

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Ernest Istook shares insights from 25 years in public office, including 14 years as a U.S. Congressman, plus raising five children. He now writes for The Washington Times, hosts a talk radio show, and his daily commentaries are heard on over 100 radio stations. To receive Ernest's free newsletter, simply subscribe at Ernest also delved into issues as a Distinguished Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a Fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. As a former news reporter and courtroom attorney, he enjoys gathering and sharing ideas and information in an entertaining way. Follow Ernest on Twitter @Istook and on his website,

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