Bite-Me said that asylum changes would bypass Congress.
In other words, this fuck thinks he’s King and can now pass laws.
Meanwhile, republicans have transitioned from mutual masturbation to mutually sucking each others’ dicks while fist-fucking the country by doing nothing to reign this POS in.
The changes are considered “a key step toward implementing the administration’s blueprint for a fair, orderly, and humane immigration system,” the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in a statement.
The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice published a 140-page notice of proposed rulemaking outlining how current regulations would be changed. The major change is suggesting that USCIS asylum officers solely decide asylum applications instead of immigration judges in an effort to “more promptly and efficiently consider the asylum claims of individuals encountered at or near the border, while ensuring fundamental fairness,” DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas said. “Individuals who are eligible will receive relief more swiftly, while those who are not eligible will be expeditiously removed. We are building an immigration system that is designed to ensure due process, respect human dignity, and promote equity.”
The proposed rule is part of an overall strategy of the administration to expand “pathways to apply for protection and opportunity in home countries, addressing the root causes of migration, and securely managing the Southwest border,” USCIS says.
Officers would have unilateral power to approve applications for asylum, withhold individuals from deportation, and oversee claims related to the Convention Against Torture. If an officer were to deny an application, there are up to six ways to appeal, including to the U.S. Supreme Court.
There is currently a backlog of 1.3 million cases, with approximately 610,000 pending asylum applications and 539 immigration judges as of April 2021, the proposal states. The median completion time for cases involving individuals who were detained through the 2nd quarter of FY 2021 was 43 days. The recent average case completion for non-detained individuals in removal proceedings in immigration court is roughly 3.75 years, the administration states.
With the influx of illegal immigration at the border, the backlog has ballooned, and the administration estimates “it will need to hire approximately 800 new employees and spend approximately $180 million to fully implement the proposed asylum officer hearing and adjudication process to handle approximately 75,000 cases annually.”
In fiscal year (FY) 2020, asylum officers affirmed nearly 79,000 asylum cases, Doris Meissner senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, notes.
The proposed changes are “potentially a game changer,” she argues. “Because it is being done through a regulation — the strongest legal footing to enact policy change short of legislation — its implementation cannot be immediate, due to the required public comment period before issuing a final rule.”
The regulatory change would facilitate a major change to immigration policy without going through Congress, argues Federation for American Immigration Reform spokesperson Matthew Tragesser.