Jan Ting, FloydReports.com
The world has been following the story of Nafissatou Diallo, a hotel housekeeper in New York, who claims she was raped by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then the head of the International Monetary Fund and thought to be a likely future president of France. How did Ms. Diallo, who was born in West Africa, come to be working in New York? Apparently, the illegal immigrant was able to obtain legal status in the U.S. by concocting a totally false story about being raped in her home country of Guinea.
While the U.S. has numerical limits on the numbers of legal immigrants it admits every year, it has no numerical limit on the number of refugees it accepts every year on the basis of their claim for asylum because they face persecution in their home country. Illegal immigrants, once they enter the U.S. either illegally or by overstaying a temporary visa, have a strong incentive to lie in making an asylum claim in order to obtain permanent legal status, which is a requirement for becoming a U.S. citizen.
Asylum claims are currently ruled upon either by officers of the Department of Homeland Security or by immigration judges of the Department of Justice in the course of deportation proceedings. If the story is found to be credible and convincing, and to meet the legal standard of a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, social group, or political opinion, and if the storyteller has not been convicted of a crime, the request for legal permanent residence in the U.S. on grounds of asylum is usually granted.
Outside groups monitor the adjudicators to identify and apply political pressure on any whose asylum approval rate is lower than the average, or who approve some nationalities less than others, even though each case is supposed to be decided on its own set of facts.
Ms. Diallo is not the only successful asylum claimant whose lies are….
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