Think tank calls immigration app ‘premeditated deceit’ by Border Patrol

by Jacob Fuller

Vicky Arias, FISM News

According to an official at the Center for Immigration Studies, the Biden administration’s use of a border patrol phone app, called CBP One, is more about appearances than actual border security.

Todd Bensman, Senior National Security Fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies, recently explained that the CBP One app will be used to distort the truth about the actual number of migrants coming into the United States.

The CBP One app is a smartphone application that has been used in the past to set up advanced appointments for travelers needing inspection of perishable goods upon entry into the U.S. and for obtaining an I-94 form. I-94 forms are for those visiting the country who are not “U.S. citizens, returning resident aliens, aliens with immigrant visas, [or] most Canadian citizens visiting or in transit.”

The Biden administration, as of Jan. 18, expanded the CBP One app’s capabilities to include a feature that allows “non-citizens without appropriate travel documents” to schedule appointments to be interviewed at land ports of entry. They will be seen in Texas at Brownsville, El Paso, Hidalgo, and Laredo; in Arizona at Nogales; and in California at Calexico and San Diego.

Even as December marked the busiest month ever for border encounters, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Acting Commissioner Troy Miller boasted that CBP “continued to see a sharp decline in the number of Venezuelans unlawfully crossing our southwest border … [and] a shifting migration pattern, with individuals from Mexico and northern Central America accounting for just 24% of unique encounters in December, [which is] a significant drop from the 42% they represented a year ago.”

Bensman commented on the “shifting migration pattern” and what he believes to be propaganda that “would impress Harry Houdini.”

“The declines Miller promised are a premeditated deceit,” Bensman said. “The CBP One process does not enforce any of the U.S. immigration laws that actually deter mass migration by detaining and deporting. It does nothing to reduce the historic volume of foreign nationals who are pouring in nonstop.”

Those in favor of the border app say it’s a way around the cartels and a more “humanitarian migration” for migrants seeking asylum.

However, “the Biden administration plans to claim it fixed the border crisis while continuing to allow illegal aliens to pour into America,” writer Catherine Salgado wrote for “PJ Media.”