A source has told The Daily Caller that some of the “family units” that have been “broken up” after crossing at the southern border aren’t actually families but illegal immigrants posing with children in an attempt to gain asylum in the United States, the website reported Monday night.
One of the things that tipped investigators off is the fact that the children don’t seem terribly familiar with their parents.
“A law enforcement source directly involved in apprehension told The Daily Caller (that) officers are increasingly encountering ‘family units’ of adult males with children of various ages,” The Daily Caller reported.
“When law enforcement attempts to debrief the adult males with children, they often cannot answer even the most basic questions about their supposed children. The children also rarely appear to know details of their apparent ‘fathers.’
“The law enforcement source cast doubt on the asylum claims that many of the illegal immigrants appear to parrot, pointing out that the vast majority of those detained are actively trying to evade authorities. Only upon their detention do they offer the exact same credible fear of returning home, most of whom say the phrase in the exact same scripted way.
“The scripted manner of answer indicates to authorities that these illegal immigrants have been coached by human trafficking organizations.”
This isn’t the first report of such activity that we’ve seen in the media.
In April, Caitlin Dickerson of The New York Times reported that “(s)ome migrants have admitted they brought their children not only to remove them from danger in such places as Central America and Africa, but because they believed it would cause the authorities to release them from custody sooner.”
“Others have admitted to posing falsely with children who are not their own, and Border Patrol officials say that such instances of fraud are increasing.”
This isn’t something you hear too frequently in the news, particularly when pundits are making Nazi comparisons over hearsay reports that children are being taken away from their parents after they’re taken to shower. Officials have denied these reports.
Perhaps most distressing is that, according to another source, DHS officials don’t keep track of the specific number of adult males using children to pose as parents in order to gain expedited entry.
However, DHS officials did say they’ve been able to figure out that the practice is on the rise by contrasting “46 documented cases of fraud in fiscal year 2017 with 119 cases in fiscal year 2018 alone, which predates the current crisis on the border.”
“From October 2017 to this February, we have seen a staggering 315 percent increase in illegal aliens, fraudulently using children to pose as family units to gain entry into the country,” DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reported on Monday.
That’s not an insignificant number. That’s why this issue isn’t going to go away without comprehensive reform.
It’s the only way that America’s dire illegal immigration problem will finally be solved.
The ball’s in your court, Congress.
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