Republican Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama is known as an open critic of the comprehensive immigration overhaul being considered by Congress. There has been a surge of asylum requests from Mexican immigrants in recent days, and Sessions is not mincing words about it- saying the House should not move forward on the immigration bill until the asylum issue is resolved.
“The House cannot allow such actions to continue,” Sessions told FoxNews.com in a written statement. “They must use every power they have to end this absurdity. No immigration bill should advance until these abuses are ended.”
According to a FoxNews report, immigration agents in San Diego have been so overwhelmed by asylum requests lately that agencies have been forced “to rent hotel rooms for some undocumented families and release others to cities around the U.S.” In addition, “Some ICE employees are working overtime and others have been asked to volunteer to work weekend shifts.”
Asylum fraud is a concern, too, as illegal immigrants “can attempt to get asylum by using a few key words — namely, by claiming they have a ‘credible fear’ of drug cartels.”
U.S. Attorney for Southern California, Peter Nunez, said “it’s beyond belief” that so many immigrants would simultaneously decide to go to the U.S. and make these claims. “This clearly has to have been orchestrated by somebody,” Nunez said.
Sessions said the asylum-seeking trend “has exposed another grave flaw” of federal immigration law. Unable to stop the Senate from passing a massive immigration overhaul, Sessions has said in interviews that he continues to meet with House Republicans in an effort to maintain a balance between new legal and illegal immigration.