The House Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing to examine reports that the asylum system is being exploited by drug traffickers. One woman, who came in the U.S. on an asylum claim, was caught three months later at a Border Patrol checkpoint with more than $1 million worth of cocaine. Congressman Jason Chaffetz accused some asylum seekers of "gaming the system" to "get free education and free healthcare." Such a loose system, of course, invites fraud. Last year in New York, 26 people including six attorneys were indicted on charges that they manufactured asylum claims and coached Chinese clients on how to lie to immigration officials. In 2012, 10,000 people from China were granted asylum. According to Congressman Bob Goodlatte, "dangerous criminals are gaming the system by claiming they have a 'credible fear' of persecution when often they've been the perpetrators of violence themselves." If we are talking about immigration reform, the top of the list should be the refugee racket that brings in people we do not want.
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Read my column: The Magic Words: Credible Fear