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house Bill H.R. 7139

Should Asylum Applications Only Be Accepted at Designated Ports of Entry?

Argument in favor

Asylum abuse has become a way to flaunt U.S. immigration law, allowing migrants to make fraudulent or unprovable claims after already entering the U.S. Asylum-seekers should be required to make their application at a port of entry so as to discourage illegal border crossing.

Danny's Opinion
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12/15/2018
If I want to mail a package I must go to the post office. If they want in our country they should go to the proper line.
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JDMA's Opinion
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12/15/2018
If you want to come to the USA do it legally. Make it the law that they have to come to ports of entry to be documented. Other countries do it, why can’t we?
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JTJ's Opinion
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12/15/2018
Mexico has offered these people asylum, yet they have turned it down. None of these people are legitimate asylum seekers, they are opportunists. Legitimate asylum seekers must respect our generosity and follow a lawful and orderly entry process.
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Limiting asylum seekers to designated ports of entry would significantly reduce the number of places where they can enter the U.S., making it more difficult for them to claim asylum. Asylum-seekers should be allowed to apply for asylum even if they've already entered the country.

cjsmellie's Opinion
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12/15/2018
Asylum seekers may not have the luxury of going through specified ports of entry
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burrkitty's Opinion
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12/15/2018
This is a stupid idea. EVERY MAJOR AIRPORT IS A LEGAL POINT OF ENTRY. Any airport that has international flights. Every train-stop on a line that crosses the borders Every seaport and river port... it’s just dumb. Our map “borders” are meaningless in this regard, when I can get on a plane in Buenos Aries and land in Atlanta, Dayton, Houston, Chicago, New York, Newark... and so on. It’s just dumb. We are way more interconnected that this proposal seems to acknowledge. Not to mention most of the undocumented immigrants overstayed their legal visas. The poor people at the southern boarder are only a tiny fraction of international travel that flows in and out of this country every single day at hundreds and thousands of airports, train stations, seaports, and river ports all around the country.
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David 's Opinion
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12/15/2018
There is NO “...invasion...”. The number of people entering the country both legally and illegally has been on the decline for 25 years. Besides, people determined enough to get here by walking 100s of miles in sandals, are EXACTLY the kind of new citizen our country needs.
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    If I want to mail a package I must go to the post office. If they want in our country they should go to the proper line.
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    Asylum seekers may not have the luxury of going through specified ports of entry
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    This is a stupid idea. EVERY MAJOR AIRPORT IS A LEGAL POINT OF ENTRY. Any airport that has international flights. Every train-stop on a line that crosses the borders Every seaport and river port... it’s just dumb. Our map “borders” are meaningless in this regard, when I can get on a plane in Buenos Aries and land in Atlanta, Dayton, Houston, Chicago, New York, Newark... and so on. It’s just dumb. We are way more interconnected that this proposal seems to acknowledge. Not to mention most of the undocumented immigrants overstayed their legal visas. The poor people at the southern boarder are only a tiny fraction of international travel that flows in and out of this country every single day at hundreds and thousands of airports, train stations, seaports, and river ports all around the country.
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    There is NO “...invasion...”. The number of people entering the country both legally and illegally has been on the decline for 25 years. Besides, people determined enough to get here by walking 100s of miles in sandals, are EXACTLY the kind of new citizen our country needs.
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    If you want to come to the USA do it legally. Make it the law that they have to come to ports of entry to be documented. Other countries do it, why can’t we?
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    Anyone who has ever walked in unfamiliar wilderness or even city neighborhoods can resoundingly answer, “No!” Hatred and fear of immigrants and refugees has purposely caused brains to shut down accepting bizarre conclusions like this. Imagine yourself walking from Latin America through Mexico to arrive at the United States often with children no less. Any chance you’d miss authorized points of entry to a country new to you? Purposeful fear mongering is a tool of Fascism used daily by #45 and politicians seeking office where scapegoating plays well. We Americans can and must be better than this. A country of immigrants is well able to except emigrants wherever they arrive. PS the majority arrive by air and from our northern boat borders but this fact doesn’t play to the racism of this Administration.
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    Mexico has offered these people asylum, yet they have turned it down. None of these people are legitimate asylum seekers, they are opportunists. Legitimate asylum seekers must respect our generosity and follow a lawful and orderly entry process.
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    What astounds me is the ignorance and racism that blind some Americans to the reality of the pain and loss to those who need to seek asylum. Who wants to leave their home country, culture, language and family? Our country has plenty of room for those who wish to come here and begin again.
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    Everyone traveling to any country goes through customs, waits in line, and sees people behind desks or little standing tables. It’s just a practical part of international travel.
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    Absolutely, trying to cross the border is not a request for asylum. The vast majority of these people only claim asylum after they are caught! It’s a George Soros tactic!
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    These people who abandon everything should be welcomed to the land of the free, not corralled. Please let their first impression of America be better than a notice that says to travel a few more hours.
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    Obviously! This should pass immediately. No more illegals getting asylum for breaking the law. They need proper vetting and not just freely released into the country. If they don’t show up to the hearing then ICE should find them and remove them from our country never to be given entrance again.
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    When you are running from something you don’t have an option to find the right location to cross. People seeking asylum need help not obstacles.
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    Asylum abuse has become a way to flaunt U.S. immigration law, allowing migrants to make fraudulent or unprovable claims after already entering the U.S. Asylum-seekers should be required to make their application at a port of entry so as to discourage illegal border crossing.
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    What a stupid question to ask. BUILD THE WALL and STOP THE INVASION by these future socialist vermin.
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    The number of ports is too insignificant to filter migrants trying to cross. Send people with paperwork instead of our military. Common sense, people! Pens are cheaper than guns, paper is cheaper than bullets, and social workers are cheaper than military personnel. Any person who claims to be a Christian and supports the inhumane treatment of human beings seeking asylum needs to get right with Jesus. Y’all are breaking my heart.
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    Asylum seekers must, must physically in person apply at an officially designated port of entry. With a single exception. If during a declared war, someone seeks asylum by contacting our military (let’s say an Afghan pro-USA informant is on sharia fatwa hit list for example and is just hours away from getting snuffed out) then that would be an acceptable alternative method under such extreme circumstances.
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    If someone is fleeing for their life, you think the tax payers should say I am sorry, you are in the wrong line, go wait over there? This is a ridiculous question of course not and i will vote against anyone who votes for this!!!
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    This must be a well organized and orderly process.
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    Asylum seekers, in fear for their lives, should be heard at any port of entry.
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