Biden administration to test expedited process at southern border

by mcardinal

Willie R. Tubbs, FISM News

President Joe Biden and embattled Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas are banking that the best way to solve the chaos at the southern border is to speed up processing so that migrants can either be granted entry or forced to leave within 72 hours.

As first reported by the Associated Press, Homeland Security will use this new accelerated processing plan with a small number of migrants next week with plans to expand the program if initial results are encouraging. 

The Biden plan is eerily similar to one introduced by former President Donald Trump during his term, a plan Biden summarily ended upon gaining power. 

Currently, even migrants who are approved for entry into the U.S. face an average wait of four weeks, and that time more than doubles if the person is denied entry and forced back to their nation of origin. 

“This Administration will continue to look at every tool available to make asylum processing more efficient, while upholding due process and other protections, as Congress refuses to act to fix our decades-old broken immigration system,” Homeland Security said in a statement.

Republican leaders have not specifically addressed the new Biden approach – although it’s a safe assumption that most would agree with Biden’s decision to take a page from the Trump playbook – but conservatives remain steadfast in their demands that more be done to stem the flow of humans into the United States. 

“70K Americans dead from fentanyl poisoning,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) tweeted. “HIGHEST record of migrants dying crossing the U.S.-Mexico border … Cartel-terrorists murdering Americans & migrants in broad DAYLIGHT … This is all on this administration’s watch.”

The hallmark of the new expedited screening process will be a “credible fear hearing,” which is an existing and already-expedited procedure through which U.S. officials determine if a migrant has a legitimate reason to fear returning to his or her home country. 

But, as reported by the AP, the government will face an immediate challenge in finding adequate numbers of attorneys to represent migrants during this process.