James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.
What Asylum Is – and Isn’t
Words have meanings. The Left has a long history of using propaganda to twist the meanings of words. The aim is to confuse you, to make you uncertain what the truth is. That way Democrats can violate the law while claiming to uphold it.
Asylum means to protect and offer a safe haven to political refugees. This only applies to individuals who can prove they are in danger of being killed or persecuted by their government or with the government's consent in the country from which they fled for a specific reason: They have been targeted because of their religious or political beliefs. That's it.
Furthermore, political and religious refugees are to seek asylum in the "first safe country" outside their own. And yet, we have asylum seekers pouring across our border from 100 countries around the world. For a person who flees Central America, the first safe country would not be the United States but Mexico. For a Haitian, it would be the Dominican Republic. For an Afghani, it is Iran or one of the other nearby ‘stans.’ Since there is no religious or political persecution in Canada or Mexico, the legitimate number of refugees to the USA is zero.
Democrats simply ignore the law and create new categories of refugees out of thin air. They grant ‘economic asylum’ to those seeking a better life. They offer asylum to anyone who claims to be the victim of domestic violence or gangs. And now the latest, asylum for men who claim to be women. None of those are valid claims under United States law. Congress legislates the laws. If a law is to be changed, it is Congress that must do it. Democrats ignore the law and do whatever they want in flagrant violation of the law. Millions of illegal aliens know this because it is advertised in their home countries. They pour across our border on false pretenses.
Every president swears that he will "faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." When Biden ran for president, he publicly promised to break the law by accepting all the people in the world who can make it to our border and ask for asylum for any or no reason. Biden’s first executive orders were written to end all border enforcement and entice more to come to America from the Third World. The strategy was to intentionally flood our southern perimeter.
As Andrea Widberg notes in American Thinker, “The administration deliberately dumps these alien invaders in communities across America regardless of whether they're infected with dangerous diseases, or are cartel members, sex-traffickers, people being trafficked, rapists, or terrorists.”
President Trump had prudently enacted a “Remain in Mexico” policy. This blocked asylum seekers from illegally crossing our border before a U.S. court could hear their petition. Trump was not afraid to say what all intelligent, honest people know: the system was being gamed. He declared, “You have people coming up — you know, they’re all met by the lawyers, the lawyers. And they come out, they’re all met by the lawyers, and they say, ‘Say the following phrase: I am very afraid for my life. I am afraid for my life.' It’s a big fat con job, folks.”
Democrats have ended that wise policy. Anyone can cross the border and claim, without any proof whatsoever, that their husband or boyfriend was abusive, or they are afraid of gangs and be released into the interior of the United States. Forever. Because don't forget, deportation is cruel and inhumane.
Only 10% of those claiming asylum are adjudged to qualify for it if their cases reach a U.S. court. Democrats know this and illegal aliens know this. Claiming asylum is simply a ploy to get into our country, where they immediately receive, thanks to the American taxpayer, the Refugee Cash Assistance program, which includes free housing, free medical care, and cash for expenses. They can immediately work in the many ‘sanctuary cities.’
Half of the illegal aliens are now not even given a court date to hear their asylum claim. Those that are usually do not show up. 1.4 million cases are waiting to be heard. A shortage of immigration judges means the system is overwhelmed. It takes an average of 1,000 days to see a judge. Some cases have not been heard for ten years.
The Democrat’s Plan
Democrats believe our border should be wide open. They believe that all people on Earth have a right to come live here and be supported by American citizens. Any restrictions whatsoever they claim are “racist.” They do not plan to prosecute anyone who enters our country illegally. They see no difference between a legal immigrant and an illegal alien. They see no difference between an illegal alien and an American citizen. It is national citizenship they want to eliminate.
One recent move was to eliminate fines for people ordered deported that refuse to go. The law says if you lose your asylum case and defy deportation, you face fines of $500 per day—$182,500 each year. Some have been here for years and racked up enormous penalties. Under all illegal alien amnesty plans under consideration, these fines must be paid first before one embarks on the 'pathway to citizenship.' Knowing this is a stumbling block to their method of importing new voters to replace Americans, Democrats have now waived all such fines—past, present, and future—not by going through Congress to change the law but by just waiving the penalties illegally.
In addition, since asylum courts are buried under an avalanche of false claims, Democrats now allow illegal aliens to skip the process altogether. Instead of being given a court appearance, Democrats have granted their bureaucrats the power to grant asylum outside of U.S. law. This will provide one and all permanent protected status in our country without ever seeing a judge.
An astounding two million illegal aliens will turn themselves in at the border this year alone. Democrats have broadcast that now is the time to come for an E-ZPass into America. The woman put in charge of the southern boundary, Roberta Jacobson, admitted that the unprecedented invasion of illegal aliens is "no coincidence" but the result of Democrats now occupying the White House and ruling Congress. "Surges tend to respond to hope,” she proclaimed, “the idea that a more humane policy would be in place may have driven people to make that decision.”
Humane? The Democrat policies have created a border swamped with gang violence, drug smuggling, sex slavery, and child trafficking. Drug cartels, human traffickers, and sex slavers have been granted control over our border.
The illegal aliens themselves admit, in on-camera interviews, they would not have come had President Trump been reelected. They say flat out that they are coming because Democrats have taken power. ABC News asked a Brazilian man who crossed the border, "Would you have tried to do this when Donald Trump was president?" "Definitely not. We have a chance, you know. The same environment that's going on today wasn't there last year. We watch the news, and we definitely wouldn’t have done this.”
Suppose you have wondered why our poverty rate never goes down. In that case, it is because Democrats import more poverty—more uneducated, unskilled, unemployable aliens who will be dependent on government—on Democrats—for the rest of their lives. Suppose a pregnant female gets across the border to have her baby in America. In that case, she gets a free ride from taxpayers for her entire family. Nobody gives her free housing, food, and medical care back in Central America. She’d be a fool not to come.
Central Americans testify that in their home countries, American Democrats place newspaper ads promising a free ride through life—cradle to grave welfare—if they can make it to our border. Said a woman from Honduras, "The whole world knows. They put it in the news. They tell us everywhere to come to the United States, and we will help you."
The people coming are usually not the poorest of their countrymen, lest we believe the propaganda that they are fleeing abject poverty. They are middle class in their countries. They have the technology and social media required to participate in caravans and work with human smugglers. We can see them in photographs using iPhones, wearing designer clothes and sneakers. Many are obese, not underfed. They leave behind enormous piles of trash on their way through Mexico.
They are not "fleeing violence and persecution," as our media are telling you. For just one example, a record 45,000 people from Ecuador are among the illegal aliens waved into our country during the first six months of 2021. They come from a "charming, safe place" rated as one of the best places in the world to live. The murder rate in Ecuador is 7.7 per 100,000. In the United States, it is 11.4—and far higher than that in our big cities.
And let us not forget, these incredible numbers are only of illegal aliens who have turned themselves or been caught entering our country illegally. There are hundreds of thousands more who sneak across our border undetected.
The Democrats are playing American citizens for fools. The Democrats are using Third World People to transform the United States radically and permanently. To destroy the greatest nation the world has ever known. To replace self-sufficient, independent, conservative Americans, who know what liberty is, with compliant subjects who will do whatever Democrats tell them to do—especially to vote for them—in exchange for handouts.
James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 10, 2021:
KC McGee ~ Thank you much for reading my article. I appreciate your thoughtful insights. I am not opposed to your plan in principle: "first remove (by force if needed) all the Marxist Democrats from our country. Second, remove the top Marxist military leaders and those top level Marxist within the CIA; DOJ, NSA. Remove from our country all members of Antifa and BML and ANYONE who supports CRT from our country, then use the rest of military to secure our borders and not let ANY ILLEGAL ALIENS into our country. ... DEPORT EVERY ILLEGAL ALIEN who are currently within our borders."
Get 'er done!
KC McGee from Where I belong on October 08, 2021:
James A Watkins,
The only way to secure our borders at this point is to first remove (by force if needed) all the Marxist Democrats from our country. Second, remove the top Marxist military leaders and those top level Marxist within the CIA; DOJ, NSA. Remove from our country all members of Antifa and BML and ANYONE who supports CRT from our country, then use the rest of military to secure our borders and not let ANY ILLEGAL ALIENS into our country. Then let the CBP do their job. Then insist that CBP and ICE DEPORT EVERY ILLEGAL ALIEN who are currently within our borders. Then we will be on track to truely support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
And that Marxist criminal biden and harris should be the first two to go.
James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 08, 2021:
Will Starr ~ I am honored to receive your visit. Thank you for reading my piece. As per usual your comments are perfect.
James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 08, 2021:
T ~ I very much appreciate you taking the time to read my writings. You pack quite a punch of truth in your comments on it as well. The way you closed your remarks is particularly powerful: "The Democratic party and the whole world wants to see AMERICA fail as the greatest nation on earth and the only thing that stands against them is the brave and the free American citizens but they have been betrayed by the very people, elected by them because they profess to represent them, who are only about representing their own personal interests and greedy desires."
WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on October 06, 2021:
The current invasion of our country has nothing to do with asylum. It has everything to do with flooding America with dependents who will then be granted amnesty, citizenship, and the right to vote...for the Democrats who bought their votes with taxpayer money.