According to new reports, the Trump administration is ramping up its efforts to address the current asylum claims process for those seeking asylum in the United States, as part of the overall effort to combat abuse of the system.
With the crisis at the US-Mexico border growing exponentially, President Trump is looking to increase the difficulty of the asylum process, coming amid reports that the system has been “gamed” repeatedly.
Now, US officials are set to begin a tougher line of questioning for those attempting to claim asylum, and will additionally be allowed to require some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as their claims are heard.
As reported by Axios:
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum division has been asked to begin training Border Patrol agents to being conducting “credible fear” interviews — the first screening asylum seekers must pass before applying for asylum, the L.A. Times reports.
Why it matters: It’s yet another bit of guidance intended to make the asylum process more difficult as the Trump administration struggles to process and detain record numbers of migrant families and children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The White House has backed the plan, with Stephen Miller arguing that they will be tougher on migrants than asylum officers, NBC News has reported.