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Biden admin seeks to speed up asylum process in five major cities before election: report

As the immigration crisis at America's southern border continues to grow, the Biden administration is seeking damage control months before the presidential election.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland this month announced a “Recent Arrivals (RA) docket process” in order to “rapidly resolve” asylum cases.

“The administration said in a statement that it will allow it to more quickly deport those who do not have valid asylum claims or grant relief and protection to those who do. Currently, the waiting time for asylum cases can be as long as seven years, because of the huge backlog in immigration courts. That backlog has skyrocketed in recent years,” Fox News reported Tuesday.

It is reported that cases will be prioritized and processed within a period of six months, except in special circumstances. Cases involving single adults who are in the country illegally will be filed in the RA Docket which will operate in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.

“This effort will allow DHS and DOJ to more quickly impose consequences, including deportation, on those who do not have a lawful basis to remain in the United States and more quickly grant immigration relief or protections to noncitizens with valid claims ” said Homeland Security. Press release pointed out.

“The Department of Justice also filed in the Federal Register a final rule to promote efficient case and file management in immigration proceedings,” the statement said.

Mayorkas was commenting on the latest move to address the ongoing crisis at the southern border caused by President Joe Biden's own policies. But he still found a way to blame Congress for the “broken” system.

“Today, we are starting a process with the Department of Justice to expedite asylum proceedings so that people who do not qualify for relief can be removed more quickly and those who do can obtain protection sooner,” he said. Mayorkas said in a statement.

“This administrative step does not replace the sweeping and much-needed changes that the bipartisan Senate bill would bring, but in the absence of congressional action we will do everything we can to enforce the law as effectively as possible and deter illegal immigration “, added. .

“The Department of Justice's immigration courts are committed to the fair and efficient enforcement of immigration laws,” said AG Garland. “These actions will advance that mission by helping to ensure that immigration cases are resolved quickly and fairly.”

“To support these efforts, the Department of Justice today also filed in the Federal Register a final rule entitled Efficient Case and Record Management in Immigration Proceedings. The rule codifies procedures and standards for immigration adjudicators of all the country to manage their case files and resolve cases efficiently,” the DHS press release noted.

Democratic mayors of some of the so-called sanctuary cities have called for the federal government to do more.

“We're in an unsustainable situation right now, and it's painful for us. It's painful for the city,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams said in December. “And I think you see it reflected in the polls. It's because the actions of our federal government have affected the people of this city.”

Last month, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson said, “We need the president to expand the same long-term economic opportunities for our undocumented brothers and sisters, so they can build better lives here in the city of Chicago or anywhere else they choose to live.”

The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security urged Congress to pass the Senate's bipartisan border security bill.

“Congress should adopt and pass this legislation to fix our broken immigration system,” they said.


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