“Migrant Crisis” Solved the Day After Sessions is Gone
Fans of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions were lamenting his resignation the day after the 2018 midterms. Many were bemoaning the fact that Sessions was the only member of Trump’s cabinet who was enforcing America’s immigration laws.
While this is significant, the more important point is that Sessions effectively hamstrung the Trump administration by recusing himself from the Russia fiasco.
As for the claim that Sessions was the “only one” enforcing immigration laws, is that true? Not if you look at the extremely short track record (so far) of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.
The day after Sessions turned in his resignation, Whitaker announced a dramatic course change that has effectively put an end to the so-called “migrant crisis.”
Under new guidelines from the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, illegal aliens can no longer pretend to be refugees and claim asylum in America.
Barack Obama’s creative interpretation of immigration laws was what caused the “migrant crisis” to become a crisis in the first place. Most Americans are shocked when you describe Obama’s shenanigans to them because they thought the laws would actually do something to get an illegal alien out of the country.
Not under Obama’s interpretation.
The way that Obama suddenly had federal agencies “interpreting” the law worked like this…
Suppose an illegal alien snuck into the country and gets a job as a dishwasher in Boise, Idaho in 2005. Then, ICE catches the illegal, who has stolen an entry-level job and parked on it for several years, denying American youths their chance at their “first job” for several years.
Under Obama’s interpretation of the law, that illegal alien can then claim asylum as a refugee. They’re given a court date which they never appear for and then go right back to doing what they were doing before.
And that’s just assuming the illegal is not here to live a life of crime – dealing drugs, stealing, being a serial rapist in your neighborhood and so forth. (Those ones could claim asylum as refugees too.)
This makes an absolute mockery of the law. A “refugee” is someone who has to leave their home country due to warfare or persecution due to race, religion and so on, who has an imminent fear of death.
Basically, they have to be running for their lives to qualify as a “refugee.” If you come to America because you can get a better job at a meatpacking plant in Arkansas than back home, that is not “fleeing persecution.”
That is why, to this day, no one in the federal government knows how many people were granted asylum as refugees in the United States. We know what the federal caps were set at by the Obama administration, but none of the illegal aliens who claimed to be refugees counted toward the caps.
Conservative activists in California filmed busloads of Somalis being transported in DHS vehicles to be processed as “refugees” after they were caught a hundred miles inside the border. Our immigration laws basically became a farce under Obama.
Acting AG Whitaker’s first act was to put a stop to this ridiculous interpretation of the law. It’s something that Jeff Sessions could have done back in 2017, but he failed to do so.
Now, if an illegal alien sneaks across the border, they have automatically surrendered the ability to claim they are a refugee.
Refugees don’t sneak in, sign up for welfare under false identities, steal jobs and then one day suddenly remember to contact the government and ask for asylum. They turn themselves in at the border and make their asylum claim.
Ironically, this is the way the law was interpreted before Obama showed up. Illegal aliens were never classified as refugees before the reign of B. Hussein Obama.
Many Democrats would have scoffed at the idea a few years ago. It was only after Obama “reinterpreted” the law that these massive “migrant caravans” started showing up.
The only thing that will put an end to the problem once and for all is if the wall, which Americans have been asking for since before World War I, is finally built.
In the meantime, it looks like acting AG Whitaker is off to a good start. We know he doesn’t have that creative reading disability that everyone in the Obama administration had, where the words “illegal alien” and “refugee” became interchangeable.