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Asylum scammers: fake passport business booming

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 2, 2015

That’s what the Wall Street Journal is reporting, thanks to Jeff for sending the story.

The ‘stars’ of the WSJ piece landed in the UK, but I wonder how many are landing at an airport near you as we speak?

ISTANBUL—Somewhere over Europe, Kassem went to the airplane’s bathroom and flushed his fake Italian passport down the toilet.

When he landed in London’s Heathrow Airport a few hours later, Kassem presented his Syrian ID to U.K. immigration officials and requested asylum. The trip wouldn’t have been possible using his actual, Syrian passport—the country’s four-year civil war has turned it into a burden for anyone fleeing the conflict.

When asked where his passport was, Kassem told the officials: “It’s in the toilet.”

While hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees make the dangerous sea voyage to Europe followed by arduous treks across the continent, some of their countrymen have used fraudulent Western passports to board planes to countries where they can request asylum. Winter’s approach, turning seas colder, stormier and more dangerous, is expected to increase the practice.

Continue reading here.

This chart shows how many successful asylum cases were processed in 2013 in the US.  Source: Migration Policy Institute. (I would love to know what countries are represented in that 7,776 (30%) from “other countries,” wouldn’t you?)

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For new readers the difference between refugees and asylum seekers is that we fly the refugees in after the UN selects them for us and asylum seekers get in on their own steam—either illegally across a border or come legally on another type of visa—then ask for asylum, claiming they will be persecuted if returned to their homeland. Once granted asylum however, the asylum seekers get all of the same welfare goodies that refugees receive.

7 Responses to “Asylum scammers: fake passport business booming”

  1. Skip Patel said

    Rebuilding the Asylum System by George Soros:

    http://www.georgesoros.com/essays/rebuilding-the-asylum-system/

    “Adequate financing is critical. The EU should provide €15,000 ($16,800) per asylum-seeker for each of the first two years to help cover housing, health care, and education costs – and to make accepting refugees more appealing to member states.” (Read the rest)

    If this had not been published on Soros’ own web-site we’d be accused of being “Conspiracy Theorists” .

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    • domstudent11 said

      Wow. This guy has no respect for the citizens of the nations that are being invaded. He puts all the power into the hands of the refugees. That essay is all nonsense. He even states that Orban “subordinates the rights of asylum-seekers….to the security of borders.” What rights? How about the citizens’ rights?

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  2. nafbpo7 said

    If you are a USCIS Adjudicator, one of the first things you learn is that it is far easier to approve an asylum claim than to reject it. These officers have very few investigative resources to refute the applicants claims. They are also working in an environment which is immigrant friendly, whether you come illegally or not.

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  3. Dr. Rich Swier said

    Great. Posted: http://bit.ly/1WuBRMw

    Rich

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  4. […] 11-2-15 – That’s what the Wall Street Journal is reporting, thanks to Jeff for sending the story.For new readers the difference between refugees and asylum seekers is that we fly the refugees in after the UN selects them for us and asylum seekers get in on their own steam—either illegally across a border or come legally on another type of visa—then ask for asylum, claiming they will be persecuted if returned to their homeland. Once granted asylum however, the asylum seekers get all of the same welfare goodies that refugees receive. WAIT, THERE’S MORE… […]

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  5. Skip Patel said

    It’s been two years since the Westgate Mall terror attack in Kenya….. some of us have not forgotten that incident and it should have been a warning to all Americans.

    We were warned.

    Concern Over Al Shabaab Recruiting in the U.S.

    http://i-hls.com/2013/10/concern-over-al-shabaab-recruiting-in-the-u-s

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