Staffing, Due Process Pose Hurdles For Biden Asylum Plan

By Mike LaSusa (August 20, 2021, 6:12 PM EDT) -- President Joe Biden's proposal to slash immigration court backlogs by authorizing asylum officers to decide some requests for protection at the border has garnered broad support from immigrant advocates, though questions remain about the plan's impact on due process rights and the asylum office's resources.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice issued a proposed rule on Aug. 18 that would empower asylum officers to approve or deny asylum applications and other requests for protection from migrants who are placed into expedited removal proceedings.

That would be a change from the current system, which funnels such claims...

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