The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) began implementing a rule to ensure that those subject to expedited removal who are eligible for asylum are granted relief quickly, and those who are not are promptly removed. Due to existing court backlogs, the process for hearing and deciding these asylum cases currently takes several years on average. By establishing a process for the efficient and thorough review of asylum claims, the new rule will help reduce existing immigration court backlogs and will shorten the process to several months.
Credible Fear Cases Completed and Referrals for Credible Fear Interview. An individual will be found to have a credible fear of persecution if he or she establishes that there is a “significant possibility” that he or she could establish in a full hearing before an Immigration Judge that he or she has been persecuted or has a well-founded fear of persecution or harm on account of his or her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion if returned to his or her country.
Written testimony of USCIS Director for a House Committee on the Judiciary hearing titled “Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services”
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez addresses the state of the USCIS and critical issues important to the Committee.
Written testimony of USCIS, ICE, and CBP for a House Committee on the Judiciary hearing titled “Asylum Abuse: Is it Overwhelming our Borders?”
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Deputy Director Lori Scialabba, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher address how USCIS, ICE, and CBP support U.S. efforts related to border security while upholding our refugee protection obligations.