By Jon Dougherty
As Democrats in Congress and activist judges in federal courts continue to thwart POTUS Donald Trump’s efforts to bring sanity and security to the U.S.-Mexico border, the president and his administration continue looking for new and inventive ways to bypass the obstruction.
A new plan being considered by the White House would allow Border Patrol agents to decide whether migrant claims of “asylum” are legitimate and whether they should be processed as such — or immediately deported, the Washington Examiner reported, citing an administration source.
This would dramatically speed up the effort to clear backlogs and allow migrants to return to their home countries.
The new plan would empower specially-trained Border Patrol officers to conduct “credible fear” interviews to judge the validity of a migrant’s asylum claim. Migrants must first pass this initial interview process before they would be allowed to officially file their asylum claim.
At present, there is a backlog of about 900,000 asylum cases to be heard, a ridiculous figure considering there are less than 500 immigration judges, meaning some migrants have to wait five years before their cases are heard.
And by then, most have disappeared into the interior of the country.
The objective behind having Border Patrol agents screening asylum claims is to ensure that far fewer migrants are able to register official asylum claims and begin the process of waiting to have their claim heard by a judge; invalid cases can be immediately adjudicated.
The Blaze noted:
The current system for immigrants claiming asylum is that they surrender to Border Patrol, get held in detention for up to 72 hours. A representative from U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services comes to hear their claim and conduct the “credible fear” interview once the immigrant is in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.
If they pass the interview, they can’t be held by ICE more than 20 days, so they are released into the U.S. to wait years for their case to be heard—if they even show up once summoned.
“Theoretically, we could end up deporting them in two weeks, rather than two to five years,” the source said to the Washington Examiner.
White House officials have said they don’t believe they require congressional approval to make the change. But of course, that doesn’t mean it won’t be challenged in federal court — and initially overturned before, hopefully, it makes it on appeal to the Supreme Court (where it will no doubt be deemed permissible).
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