TIJUANA, MEXICO - APRIL 29: Members of a caravan of Central Americans who spent weeks traveling across Mexico walk from Mexico to the U.S. side of the border to ask authorities for asylum on April 29, 2018 in Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico. More than 300 immigrants, the remnants of a caravan of Central Americans that journeyed across Mexico to ask for asylum in the United States, have reached the border to apply for legal entry. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The caravan of migrants from Central America seeking entry into the United States has illustrated many problems in our immigration system.

First, the migrants were aided and abetted by the Mexican government, which issued them transit or humanitarian visas as they traveled north to make it to the United States. Second, they were encouraged by open-borders activists, who agitated against U.S. immigration law and met the caravan when it arrived.

But the third and biggest problem is their exploitation of the asylum/refugee system. The caravan members are applying for asylum in large numbers. At least 158 have been allowed into the country for initial asylum interviews with U.S. immigration officers. Another 70 or so remain on the Mexican side of the border.

When an otherwise-illegal alien comes to the United States, he can claim political asylum when he gets here. Asylum applications from nationals of countries with rampant government persecution of particular ethnic groups or religions are expected. But the fact that these caravan members are claiming asylum is remarkable. They come predominantly from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

To obtain asylum, an alien must demonstrate a “well-founded fear of persecution” in his country of origin, based on race, nationality, religion, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Furthermore, the persecution must be by agents of the government or must occur with the complicity of the government.

It appears that the vast majority of aliens in the caravan are claiming asylum simply based on the fact that they lived in poverty or in crime-ridden areas. They offered reasons such as “unemployment,” “gang threats,” or “fear of crime” for their asylum claims. But those are not valid bases for seeking asylum. If being poor or living in a crime-ridden country were enough to gain asylum, then the majority of people in the developing world would be entitled to it.

But that’s exactly what the open-borders activists assisting the caravan appear to want. One group, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, or “CLUE,” declared that, “They are coming here because they are desperate due to conditions created by the United States….”

They even sent immigration attorneys to coach the aliens on how to best make an asylum application. Of course, a person who is truly seeking refuge from persecution by the government of his home country doesn’t need coaching. All he needs to do is truthfully tell his story to a U.S. immigration official.

Many aliens make up bogus stories of persecution in order to bolster their claims of asylum. Sometimes U.S. immigration officials are able to determine that such stories are fabricated, but often the aliens will succeed in fraudulently obtaining asylum.

A final problem is that the majority of asylum claimants are allowed to roam the United States for multiple years while their asylum claims are being adjudicated. They are also able to obtain employment authorization while their claims are pending.

Others disappear into the fabric of the country and fail to show up for their asylum hearings. But for them, simply getting across the border is mission accomplished. They figure that they can live illegally in the United States without much difficulty.

The Trump Administration has responded to the caravan appropriately – by sending additional Justice Department attorneys and immigration judges to the area to adjudicate the asylum claims quickly. This will reduce the risk that the asylum applicants disappear while their asylum claims languish for years.

Chances are, most of the applications will be rejected. Between 2011 and 2016, more than 75 percent of the asylum applications from Hondurans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans were rejected.

But all it takes is one erroneous decision by an activist court (such as the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals) to redefine the legal requirements for asylum to include some types of economic or crime-based distress. That seems to be what some in caravan are hoping for. That, or the possibility that they can disappear into the United States while their claims are being adjudicated. And if Congress passes an amnesty for illegal aliens someday, they will be waiting to get it.

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 After Years Of Stagnation Under Obama 
Household Income Hits 50-Year High

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Former President Barack Obama got plenty of praise for shepherding us through the recovery from the 2008 economic crisis. However, those on Main Street, USA, knew the truth — things weren’t any better than they had been when George W. Bush left office.

As The Weekly Standard reported in 2016, median household income when Obama came into office in 2009 was $56,731. In 2015, six years into his presidency, that number was $56,516 — a decrease of just over $200.

By the time he left office, it’s true that media household income had risen to $59,471 — but that was essentially the same as it had been in December, 2007, at the end of the “Great Recession” and just a few weeks before Obama took office, when it was $59,549.

So, how’s The Donald doing?

Well, as Investor’s Business Daily reported, a new study from Sentier Research found that the median household income in April was $61,483 — a 50-year high.

That’s up from $59,471 in January of 2017.

The firm tracks income using census data and adjusts for inflation — so even a slightly weaker dollar doesn’t account for the increase.

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Bad News For Dems: Household Income Hits All-Time High Under Trump … And He's Getting Credit For It!!! 

Household Income Hits All-Time High Under Trump, And He's Getting Credit For It

A new report shows that the median household income has climbed 3% since President Trump took office. It's another sign of a strong economy, and at least one poll shows the public credits Trump for...

That’s great news for the country, but maybe not the best news for Democrats.

“This is just another indication that the economy has notably strengthened under Trump. And polls show that the public’s mood has brightened considerably as a result,” Investor’s Business Daily reported.

“The latest IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index is 53.6. This index has been in positive territory (anything over 50 is optimistic) since Trump took office. The Quality of Life Index, meanwhile, hit a 14-year high in May and the Financial Stress Index is at an all-time low.”

That economic data is followed by a lot of polls that seem to show that the “blue wave” expected in the November midterms breaking and rolling back into the sea.

A new Reuters poll found that a generic Republican would beat a generic Democrat by six points. Back in March, the Democrats were up by nine points. A CBS poll found that Democrats had a two-point advantage on the generic ballot — hardly “wave” material.

The CBS poll also found that 68 percent of Americans believed Trump’s policies deserved at least some of the credit for the economic situation, with 35 percent saying he deserved a “great deal” of the credit.

Sixty-four percent of respondents rated the economy as “somewhat good” or “very good.” In a CNN poll, 57 percent of voters said that “things are going well in the U.S.” In February, that was 49 percent.

Perhaps the most important figure: Under Obama, when Gallup asked whether it was a good time to find “a quality job in the U.S.,” the highest number that administration ever achieved was 45 percent. Under Trump, that number is 67 percent — the highest number in the 17-year history of the poll.

While Trump’s personal numbers haven’t seen the same bounce, they’re still up — and that’s the important thing. Thanks to the relentless campaign of personal attacks against him, Trump’s stated approval rating has always been a lot lower than it probably is.

Don’t believe me? Just ask Hillary Clinton. For all of the personal barbs and attacks, 2016 ultimately came down to the economy. So will 2018 — and that’s not good news for the Democrats.

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