The illegal alien caravan of mostly Central American economic migrants remains in a temporary settlement camp roughly 10 miles south of the U.S./Mexico border. Despite the fact that none of these caravaners accepted Mexico’s job offers and the opportunity to apply for asylum once they forced their way into Mexico, most apparently still remain determined to wait and file their asylum claims in the U.S., or illegally enter the U.S. and ask for asylum if caught.

The fact that caravaners intend to claim that they are fleeing persecution in their home countries while turning down the opportunity to apply for asylum in Mexico – a place offering numerous improvements from their homes –underscores the idea that the asylum seekers are not fleeing danger in their homelands, but rather seeking the best possible economic conditions.

Keep these three numbers in mind about those who pass their initial interview where they ask for political asylum in the U.S. and then are released into the U.S.:

  • 31 percent: The number of aliens who fail to show up for their asylum hearings.
  • 40 percent: The number of aliens who do not even bother to file an application for political asylum.
  • 9 percent: The number of asylum applicants from the Northern Triangle countries (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) who are found eligible for asylum in the U.S.

Matthew Tragesser writes for the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform.

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