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DHS Reveals Startling Percentage of Asylum Seekers SKIP Their Court Hearings

Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that a whopping 90 percent of illegal immigrant asylum seekers do not show up for their scheduled court hearings.

“It depends on demographic, the court, but we see too many cases where people are not showing up,” McAleenan said. “Out of those 7,000 cases, 90 received final orders of removal in absentia, 90 percent.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked, “Ninety percent did not show up?”

“Correct, that is a recent sample from families crossing the border,” responded McAleenan.

On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that President Trump’s recent deal with Mexico will enable the United States to return asylum seekers to Mexico at “full throttle.”

Pompeo said those crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border will be “rapidly returned” to Mexico where they can wait for the outcomes of their asylum claims.

At a press conference, the Secretary of State said:

Those crossing the U.S. southern border to seek asylum will be rapidly returned to Mexico where they may await their adjudication of their asylum claims. We’ve seen this before. We were able to do this to the tune of a couple of hundred people per day [before the deal].

We now have the capacity to do this full throttle and engage this in a way that will make a fundamental difference in the calculus for those [migrants] deciding to transit Mexico to try to get into the United States. This full-blown effort under the Migration Protocols [Remain in Mexico] is a big deal and was something that we worked on very, very diligently with our Mexican counterparts over two days. And we will pursue other cooperative efforts too.

On Friday, President Trump announced that the he had reached a deal with Mexico after threatening to impose tariffs on the country unless it did more to curb the massive influx of illegal immigrants into the U.S.

“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” the President wrote on Twitter. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!”

ICE to Begin Rapid DNA Tests in Crackdown on Fake Families at U.S. Border

U.S. Immigration officials will begin conducting 90-minute DNA tests on immigrants in custody who claim to be relatives, according to the Washington Examiner.

A DHS official told the Examiner that the DNA tests will start “as early as next week.”

The Examiner writes:

ICE told the Examiner it has seen 29 verified fake families, each with an unrelated child and adult, since April 18. Forty-five cases were referred for prosecution for fraud and the U.S. attorney’s offices accepted 33 of those referrals. The agency hopes the pilot will allow them to increase the number of cases referred to the Justice Department.

The debut marks the first time DNA testing of any sort has been at the border. Currently, ICE and Customs and Border Protection employees must use verbal statements and written documents to verify family connections.

On Monday, Bongino.com reported that children are essentially being “rented” by migrants who wish to appear as a family unit in order to cross the U.S. border.

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The Epoch Times reports that Yuma Sector Chief Anthony Porvaznik said Border Patrol caught 550 fraudulent family units in the past six months.

“And we know we’ve missed many, many more, simply because we’re overwhelmed with the sheer numbers,” Porvaznik said on April 17. “And so those are kids that are being rented, for lack of a better word, to an adult to format a fraudulent family unit so that they can be released in the United States and then that child will be recycled back to its country of origin—usually Guatemala, in our case here in Yuma.”

Porvaznik said adults are also changing their birth certificates so they appear to be minors, making it easier for them to stay in the United States.

“So there’s a huge fraud problem that’s going on with this process,” said the sector chief.

Raul Ortiz, Border Patrol chief for Del Rio, Texas claims these forms of human trafficking are happening every day across the U.S. southern border.

“You can walk through any of our processing centers and you can see that there are potentially parents, or adults with children, that there may not be a familial relationship,” said Ortiz. “There’s probably many more cases like that happening across all nine southwest border sectors on any given day. Really, if you think about it, it’s human trafficking.”