ICE Chief: Migrants gaming the system

Venezuelan and Nicaraguan migrants are transferred by agents of the Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico to El Paso, Texas, US to ask for political asylum on December 27, 2022. - The US government's two-year-old policy of invoking Covid-19 precautions to turn away hundreds of thousands of migrants at the Mexican border will remain in place for now, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The decision to uphold the controversial rule known as Title 42 stemmed off a looming political crisis for President Joe Biden, as thousands waited at the southern border in expectation the policy was about to end. (Photo by Herika Martinez / AFP) (Photo by HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
Venezuelan and Nicaraguan migrants are transferred by agents of the Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico to El Paso, Texas, US to ask for political asylum on December 27, 2022. (Photo by HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 9:55 AM PT – Thursday, December 29, 2022

A top Obama-era immigration official has revealed that Illegal migrants are taking advantage of the United States asylum system.     

According to former Director of ICE John Sandweg, the United States can not handle the number of asylum claims at our nation’s borders.

As part of the process, migrants seeking asylum are permitted to stay in the U.S. until a judge decides whether their claim is credible. However, the process takes years because of the limited number of judges. Due to this, many migrants remain in the U.S. and many do not appear for their court date.

Sandweg claimed that the asylum system is inadequate.  

“Under longstanding U.S. law, if you enter the United States, even illegally, and you get two feet on American soil and you make a creditable claim to asylum, you cannot be deported or removed unless and until an immigration judge determines that you claim is not creditable or doesn’t meet the standard for asylum,” Sandweg said.

Sandweg went on to say that there’s two million back-logged asylum cases and only 600 judges.

He added that the Biden administration has no long-term plan to deal with the influx of claims.