Arrington proposes SCREEN Act to expedite deportation of asylum

Arrington proposes SCREEN Act to expedite deportation of asylum seekers making false claims

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AUSTIN, Texas -

Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington has proposed a new way to deport undocumented immigrants more quickly.

It's called the Securing Comprehensive Review in Entry Enforcement Now Act. It would expedite deportations for migrants making false or erroneous asylum claims and reduce the number of undocumented immigrants released in the U.S.

The act would allow CBP agents to conduct "credible fear" tests when asylum seekers first arrive at the border. The current system detains migrants first the performs the fear test. 

Asylum seekers have to demonstrate a significant possibility of persecution in their home country before they can go to an immigration court. 

Congressman Arrington said the SCREEN Act would streamline the bureaucracy and reduce the number of people gaming the asylum system. He said the U.S. is the most generous and compassionate nation in the world, but allowing for open borders and illegal immigration isn't compassionate for anyone. 

He said the SCREEN Act would ensure the already overwhelmed system doesn't get further bogged down by abuse. There are about 800,000 cases back-logged in the immigration court system, according to the congressman's office. 

His office reports the number of credible fear claims among migrants caught at the border went up by 67% between 2017 and 2018. Its numbers show judges only granted asylum to 17% of migrants where they'd pass a credible fear exam. 

DHS reports 90% of asylum seekers miss their court dates and get final orders of removal. 

 

 

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