American Immigration Council counsel Aaron Reichlin-Melnick tweeted that Nielsen claimed underneath oath to Congress in late 2018 that she’d taken no actions to cut back CBP’s means to course of asylum-seekers at ports of entry. However Nielsen perjured herself (it wouldn’t be the first time), as a result of the report says she’d earlier that 12 months ordered coverage deliberately designed to restrict what number of asylum-seekers could be processed per day.
“In Might 2018, DHS and CBP leaders anticipated a rise in undocumented aliens in search of entry on the southern border,” the inspector normal’s report mentioned. “[A] few weeks later, then-Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen requested CBP for the estimated ‘variety of [undocumented aliens] that might probably be turned away’ if all ports performed ‘Queue Administration.’ After studying that CBP might flip away 650 undocumented aliens on daily basis, the Secretary instructed ports to implement Queue Administration.”
Nielsen further claimed in a tweet the summer time that if “you might be in search of asylum for your loved ones, there isn’t a purpose to interrupt the regulation and illegally cross between ports of entry.” Nevertheless it was Nielsen herself who was forcing households to just do that: “After ready in Queue Administration traces or being redirected to different ports, some asylum seekers and different undocumented aliens crossed the border illegally between ports of entry,” the inspector normal’s report continued.
The report additionally discovered that CBP unlawfully turned away asylum-seekers after they’d entered the nation.
“Furthermore, though asylum seekers legally have to be processed as soon as bodily inside america, we discovered CBP employees turned away asylum seekers at 4 ports after they’d already entered america,” the report mentioned. “As an example, our fieldwork indicated, CBP officers at San Ysidro and Tecate ports returned to Mexico asylum seekers who had not solely crossed over the worldwide boundary into america, but additionally had entered the ports’ buildings.”
As Ramos famous in her tweets, CBP has lengthy been mendacity about its means to course of asylum-seekers. In just one example last year, an officer had instructed a pregnant girl, her husband, and their 3-year-old son, “We’re full” after they offered themselves on the Paso del Norte port of entry. However unbeknownst to the officers, Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and his staffers had been behind them, having visited at a Mexican shelter. Miraculously, the household was then allowed to cross by means of after Wyden intervened.
“I really feel very assured that if the household had tried to current alone, they’d not have been allowed in,” immigration lawyer Taylor Levy told The Washington Post on the time.