[Ed. – In addition to the soaring general numbers and vastly increased effort to sneak families across the border, the CBP is encountering a lot more fake “families” — some of them using the same juveniles over and over.]
Either the world became 16 times more dangerous [since 2009], Citizenship and Immigration Services became more lenient in assessing “credible fear,” or migrants have become savvier in knowing what to say to meet the threshold.
The lure of our lax asylum laws and preferential treatment of family units is feeding into cases of fraud. As the New York Times reported last April, migrants “have admitted to posing falsely with children who are not their own, and Border Patrol officials say that instances of fraud are increasing.”
The numbers track with this. Since April 2018, border agents have detected nearly 2,400 “false families,” where migrants claimed to be related when they were not, or untruthfully claimed to be younger than 18. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Congress her agency has uncovered “’recycling rings’ where innocent young people are used multiple times to help aliens fraudulently gain entry.”