Tuesday, August 21, 2018

GOP bill would let asylum seekers apply in Mexico, in bid to ease immigration court backlog

A Republican lawmaker said he has a novel idea to cut down asylum seekers illegally crossing the border.
Make them apply for asylum before they reach the U.S. border.
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., is introducing a bill that would require asylum officers to conduct credible fear screenings at U.S. embassies or consulates in Mexico and Canada before asylum seekers can cross the border.
Inhofe said that would cut down on the surge of migrants illegally crossing the Mexico-U.S. border. Currently, migrants ask for asylum at U.S. points of entry. They are given a court date, but many fail to show up – leading to a large number of illegal immigrants lost within the immigration court system.
“The key here is to make sure they don’t get in,” Inhofe said. “Once those individuals who are in the pipeline do come to the United States [and] find out that it’s not working – [that] people are not able to get into the United States – then the demand will drop off.”
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