‘Backdoor Deal’ Allows ‘Illegal’ Immigrants to Enter US Legally, Border Patrol Union Leader Says


from The Epoch Times:

Illegal immigrants are coached to voluntarily withdraw their asylum claims, return to Mexico, and then come back to the United States on humanitarian grounds, according to a U.S. Border Patrol union leader.

Manny Bayon, a National Border Patrol Council union spokesman in San Diego, told The Epoch Times on May 26 that migrants who enter the United States illegally in Yuma, Arizona, are being bused to the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry in San Diego County. From there, he said, they are returned to Mexico but are allowed to re-enter the United States by applying for “humanitarian parole” via the “CBP One” mobile phone app.

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“It’s a backdoor deal,” he said. “The minute they go into Mexico, they turn around at the port of entry, and they’re CBP One.”

Contrary to the Biden administration’s claim that it has implemented more stringent policies—with the expiration of Title 42 and return of Title 8—to deter illegal immigration, the new CBP One process is “circumventing everything,” Bayon said.

Under CBP One, illegal immigrants are encouraged to abandon their asylum claims and instead apply for “humanitarian parole,” he said.

“So, it makes it look like that they’re entering legally,” Bayon said. “Normally, they would go back to their country, but they just turn around and come in through the port of entry, and then [they] are processed that way.”

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Migrants cross the Tijuana River toward the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, on May 11, 2023. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

While it appears “illegal entrant migrants” are being deported to Mexico, they are actually withdrawing their asylum claims, going to Mexico, and then coming back into the United States legally through CBP One, Bayon said.

“It’s pretty much a revolving door” in which the illegal entrants are granted humanitarian parole and “allowed into the country legally,” he said.

“Now they’re legally being processed through the port of entry instead of under Title 8, which would be illegally entering the United States,” Bayon said.

Under Title 8, people who cross the border illegally can be “expeditiously removed” and banned from entering the United States for five years. Those who claim asylum by claiming “credible fear” can either be denied entry or released pending a court hearing. However, only one in 10 illegal immigrants show up for their final hearings to determine whether or not they can remain in the country, and immigration courts are backed up for years.

Entering the country under humanitarian grounds means the illegal immigrants are issued a pass, usually for up to two years before the pass comes up for renewal, Bayon said.

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