Border Patrol agents arrested about two dozen illegal immigrants in Penitas, Texas, on March 11.
As Americans begin to receive the latest round of stimulus checks, a new analysis shows that about $4.38 billion in bailout money will also go to illegal immigrants.
The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that 2.65 million illegal immigrants have Social Security codes that allow them to receive bailout checks. Steven Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, said the illegal immigrants can be described as “temporarily undocumented aliens.
“These people are in the country illegally and may be asked to leave. Yet, under the current system, they still get work permits and Social Security codes.” He said.
They include mainly Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals and Temporary The analysis noted that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been working on a number of projects. The analysis notes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also issued 882,000 work permits and Social Security codes to other illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2020. These include: asylum seekers, those applying for adjustment of status, and different categories such as withholding of deportation.
Camarota said the U.S. Social Security Administration estimates that there are also about 1.8 million illegal immigrants who use Social Security codes that do not match their names. Another 600,000 people have Social Security codes that they applied for when they entered the country legally, but they have overstayed their visas. These two categories have not been counted in the above figures.
“There is no doubt that millions of illegal immigrants will receive billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief checks,” said Camarota, “highlighting an even more troubling fact: the United States is issuing Social Security codes to large numbers of illegal immigrants. This is a clear indication that the U.S. is simply not serious about enforcing its immigration laws.”
Asylum seekers are often able to obtain work permits while waiting for their cases to be adjudicated, regardless of the likelihood that they will pass. While nearly 90 percent of those who claim to have a credible fear at the border are able to pass the initial screening. Fewer than 20 percent, however, end up with asylum relief from an immigration judge. For Central Americans, that number is less than 10 percent.
As the southern border becomes overwhelmed by the last border migration surge of 2019, most illegal immigrants are not even claiming to suffer the threat of credible fear. That’s because they know they will still be released to the United States quickly, especially if they have children with them.
On July 12, 2019, then-Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said only about 25 percent of those who cross the border illegally, claim to be under a credible fear threat.
On April 17, 2019, in Yuma County, Arizona, then-department head Anthony Porvaznik said less than 10 percent had made asylum requests.