What a great idea. No more hotels or housing at the expense of Americans. Put them in tents. No more missed trial dates either.
– Pastor Greg Young
By Nikki Schwab
President Trump said Monday that he wants to construct “tent cities” to house migrants while they wait in the United States to see if they’ve been granted asylum.
“We’re going to put up – we’re going to build tent cities,” Trump told Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham. “We’re going to put tents up all over the place, we’re not going to build structures and spend all of this, you know, hundreds of millions of dollars – we’re going to have tents.”
He promised Ingraham that they would be “very nice.”
“And they’re going to wait and if they don’t get asylum, they get out. And very few people – they don’t actually – if you want to wait, they don’t usually get asylum, you know that,” Trump said.
Trump – and others within his administration – has voiced concern that asylum seekers are abusing the system. He suggested migrants would apply for asylum and then disappear into the country, never to be heard from again.
“The problem is – they release them in and then they have the trial three years later and nobody shows up,” Trump told Ingraham Monday. “But … unlike Obama and unlike others, we are going to take the people, we’re going to put them in and they’re going to wait.”
Last week on a call with reporters, a senior administration official – who the White House wouldn’t allow to be named – unleashed a tirade against the asylum system, suggesting migrants were being trained by “NGOs and radical left wing organizations” to make “preposterous utterances that cannot possibly be taken as true.”
Credible asylum cases, the official said, were “buried like needles in a haystack” because of the 700,000-plus case backlog.
“There’s no question that with the NGOs and what these left-wing groups are doing is an attempt to crash and overwhelm the system with fake and phony claims,” the official said.
Around 80 percent of asylum-seekers pass their first interview with a US Citizenship and Immigration Services Asylum officer. But far fewer are granted asylum. In 2017, about 20 percent of asylum requests were granted. Another 34 percent were denied.