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Biden Administration’s Sweeping Change To Asylum Process

The Biden administration is in the final phase of rolling out a new policy on the asylum-seeking process, which aims to take the burden of the already backlogged state immigration courts.

The new policy allows asylum seekers to have their cases heard and determined by immigration personnel rather than immigration judges.

It Is Meant To Speed up The Process

According to government officials, the goal of the change of policy is to reduce the length of time the process takes from an average of five years down to six months. The administration seeks to achieve this by releasing apprehended asylum seekers under parole status as they await clearance. According to government data, border patrol has been apprehending approximately 13,000 undocumented immigrants every day in recent months.

Biden won the presidency partially on the promise of restoring humanity to the asylum-seeking process. This promise came after the Trump Administration’s restrictive measures that yielded the most enforcement activity in recent American history.

However, former President Trump is not the only one responsible for the backlog of the 670,000 pending cases. Some cases predate the Trump era, although the administration’s policies may have worsened the situation.

A Sensible Asylum-Seeking Process

“This is arguably the most significant asylum policy change under Biden’s administration and could finally speed up the asylum process” says immigration lawyer Brandon Ritchie of Ritchie-Reiersen Injury & Immigration Attorneys.

According to immigration officials that spoke to the media on a condition of anonymity, the roll-out of the new policy would be gradual but failed to reveal the exact roll-out date.

According to Homeland Security Secretary Austin C.

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