Who could have possibly predicted this entirely inevitable outcome? The Point did, obviously. Now the media is catching up and acting like crowdsourcing migration was ever going to end any other way.
Pedro Yudel Bruzon was looking for someone in the U.S. to support his effort to seek asylum when he landed on a Facebook page filled with posts demanding up to $10,000 for a financial sponsor.
It’s part of an underground market that’s emerged since the Biden administration announced it would accept 30,000 immigrants each month arriving by air from Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Haiti. Applicants for the humanitarian parole program need someone in the U.S., often a friend or relative, to promise to provide financial support for at least two years.
The arrivals have enough money to pay for financial sponsors, but they have no intention of reporting how much money they have because they want to be on government benefits as soon as they can. Financial sponsorship is supposed to prevent the arrivals from becoming a public charge, but the whole thing is a scam because that’s the purpose of the exercise.
Several immigration attorneys said they could find no specific law prohibiting people from charging money to sponsor beneficiaries.
“As long as everything is accurate on the form and there are no fraudulent statements it may be legal,” said lawyer Taylor Levy, who long worked along the border around El Paso, Texas. “But what worries me are the risks in terms of being trafficked and exploited. If lying is involved, it could be fraud.”
Also, she noted, it “seems counterintuitive” to pay someone to promise to provide financial support.
It’s fraud, specifically. And real immigration reform would outlaw practices like this.
Kennji Kizuka, an attorney and director of asylum policy for the International Rescue Committee, which resettles newcomers in the United States, said this type of thing happens with every new U.S. program benefitting migrants.
“It looks like some are just going to take people’s money and the people are going to get nothing in return,” Kizuka said.
We’re the ones who actually get taken and get nothing in return.
Another would-be sponsor said via Facebook messenger that they charge $2,000 per person, which includes a sponsorship fee, document processing and an airline ticket. Requests for more information were answered with a phone number from the Dominican Republic that rang unanswered.
This is very professional. They even cover the plane ticket. That suggests a very developed system for funneling migrants into this country.
Real immigration reform would stop all this. But what the open borders crowd considers immigration reform is facilitating this culture of fraud.