Biden Admin to Double Number of Asylum Officers at Border, Empower Them to Accept or Reject Arrivals

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden’s administration unveiled a plan to overhaul the U.S. asylum system on Wednesday, including a doubling of staff to try to speed processing of immigrants arriving at the southern border, where arrests have soared to 20-year highs. The proposed rule would authorize asylum officers to accept or reject migrants’ claims for protection soon after they cross the border, bypassing backlogged U.S. immigration courts where cases often take years to be resolved by judges. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement that the regulation would allow the United States to more promptly and efficiently consider asylum claims of individuals while ensuring fundamental fairness. The rule could take months to finalize, and would not immediately replace a current policy to expel most border crossers during the coronavirus pandemic. The Biden administration aims to hire an additional 1,000 asylum officers and another 1,000 support staff, a …Read More

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