Biden Reveals Plan to Grant Asylum to Migrants by Bypassing Courts
The plans will give asylum officers the authority to rule on asylum claims
A 21-point plan has been released by the Biden administration, which aims to process asylum claims rapidly and allow them to circumvent immigration courts.
According to NBC News, the plans will give asylum officers the authority to rule on asylum claims.
Families seeking asylum will be granted taxpayer-funded legal counsel if Joe Biden's $15 million budget request is approved by Congress.
“Asylum and other legal migration pathways should remain available to those seeking protection,” a White House fact sheet about the plan states.
“Those not seeking protection or who don’t qualify will be promptly removed to their countries of origin.”
There is currently a backlog of over 1.2 million cases in immigration courts, NBC reported.
Biden plans to reduce the backlogs “by ensuring priority cases are considered in a timely manner and hiring more immigration judges,” the fact sheet states.
The White House blamed the Trump administration’s “irrational and inhumane policies” for the delays.
“Success in building this fair, orderly, and humane immigration system won’t be achieved overnight, especially after the prior Administration’s irrational and inhumane policies, but this Administration has a blueprint to get there and is making real progress,” the fact sheet states.
“We will always be a nation of borders, and we will enforce our immigration laws in a way that is fair and just. “
The Biden administration continues to enforce Trump’s policies which aimed to prevent coronavirus cases from across the border.
Though the Biden administration had planned to lift the policy, it is now reconsidering due to the surge of border crossings.
In June, apprehension at the border this fiscal year surpassed 1 million, according to Washington Post.
Many migrants taken into custody tried to cross the border multiple times, border officials say.
“We are in the hottest part of the summer, and we are seeing a high number of distress calls to CBP from migrants abandoned in treacherous terrain by smugglers with no regard for human life,” acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Troy Miller told the newspaper.
“Although CBP does everything it can to locate and rescue individuals who are lost or distressed, the bottom line is this: The terrain along the border is extreme, the summer heat is severe, and the miles of desert migrants must hike after crossing the border in many areas are unforgiving.”