Biden Makes Major Decision on Asylum Applications

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( While the White House is finalizing plans to clamp down on asylum requests by automatically denying migrants entry after meeting a threshold, the Biden administration is allowing hundreds of thousands of migrants to remain in the country through what is essentially amnesty. 

According to a report released by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) in May, the U.S. government closed more than 350,000 asylum cases filed by migrants because they didn’t have a criminal record or weren’t considered a threat to the U.S. 

After the termination of cases without a decision on the asylum claim’s merits, migrants are removed from the legal system and no longer required to check in with the authorities. 

The termination also means migrants can travel anywhere within the U.S. without fear of deportation. 

According to a report by The New York Post, Kerry Doyle, principal legal adviser for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), sent a memo in 2022 directing agency prosecutors to dismiss migrants’ cases if they weren’t a threat to national security. 

According to TRAC’s data, in 2022, 173,227 applications for asylum were filed. Judges ordered 36,250 migrants to be deported, gave 31,859 applicants asylum, and dismissed the applications of 102,550 — essentially taking them off the books.

In 2023, 248,232 applications for asylum were filed. Judges ordered that 52,440 applicants be deported, granted asylum for 43,113, and dismissed or taken off the books 149,305. 

In the first quarter of 2024, asylum applications surpassed 2022’s figures.

There have been 175,193 applications, of which 113,843 were dismissed.

These figures are far higher than during the Trump administration. In 2019, prior to the pandemic, only 87,018 asylum applications were filed, and more than half (52,223) were deported.

The remaining 24,109 applicants were granted relief, while a fractional portion of applicants (4,746) were dismissed. 

When judges close or dismiss the cases, migrants no longer face removal proceedings or deportation. They are also not required to leave the U.S. and won’t be monitored by ICE.

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