Biden Asylum Rule Spurs Criticism, Even From Supporters

By Mike LaSusa (October 22, 2021, 4:20 PM EDT) -- President Joe Biden's plan to slash immigration court backlogs by authorizing asylum officers to decide some requests for protection at the border has drawn criticism from those who fundamentally oppose the proposed rule, as well as from backers who say it could be improved.

The proposed regulation, issued Aug. 18 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice, 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 to...

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