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U.S. prepares to expedite asylum screenings

On Behalf of | May 17, 2023 | Immigration And Naturalization

Asylum seekers who plan to relocate to New Jersey will be affected by a new ruling from President Biden. This move marks the second attempt by this administration to expedite asylum screenings. The first occurred in Biden’s first month but was derailed by sharp criticism from his opponents. Now, as of May 2023, he is preparing an updated attempt.

Fast track screening is the new rule

The rate of legal immigration to the United States declined as a result of policies enacted by former President Donald Trump. The present attempt by Biden is set to employ a very different approach. This is particularly appropriate as restrictions due to the recent pandemic are set to expire on May 11.

President Biden has ordered a new series of speedy screenings for asylum seekers. According to the new rules, interviews will now be handled by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This replaces the previous series of interviews conducted by Border Patrol agents. In addition, migrants will have access to counsel.

Screening restrictions are being eased

The new fast-tracked asylum system is expected to produce immediate results. For example, the number of immigrants who can pass credible fear interviews is expected to return to normal. During the Trump administration, passing levels plummeted to one in four. The usual rate of passing is three out of every four.

To pass this screening, an applicant must convince an asylum officer that their case will succeed. This means convincing a judge that they are facing significant persecution on grounds such as:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Political opinions
  • Membership in a persecuted social group

Who does the new system apply to?

Under the new rules, the system will apply only to single adults. Those who fail the screening can expect to be deported quickly. Individuals who pass will be allowed to pursue their case in immigration court. This is a process that can take as long as four years.