Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday that the DOJ will crack down on the Immigrant Asylum Abuse to help the Immigration courts.
At an Immigration judges event in Washington DC, AG Jeff Sessions made the case that the Asylum system is being abused by Illegal Aliens hoping to stay in the country.
Sessions said- “The asylum system is being abused to the detriment of the rule of law, sound public policy, and public safety — and to the detriment of people with just claims,”
Sessions argued that such immigrants abuse the system by saying they have a credible fear of returning to their home countries, giving border agents no choice but to put them in asylum proceedings.
He said that so-called credible fear reviews skyrocketed from 5,000 in 2009 to 94,000 in 2016. Under the current interpretation of the law, foreign nationals can apply for asylum if they make it to the U.S. and stake a claim of persecution or fear on account of race, religion, nationality or membership in a particular social group or political opinion in hopes of staying in the country indefinitely.
Sessions, who imposed a “zero tolerance” policy on illegal border crossings in May, said the changes would help deter future undocumented immigrants from attempting the journey to the United States.
Sessions said the event- “Asylum was never meant to alleviate all problems — even all serious problems — that people face every day all over the world.” he went on to say “Today, exercising the responsibility given to me under the [Immigration and Nationality Act], I will be issuing a decision that restores sound principles of asylum and long-standing principles of immigration law,” he continued “This decision will provide more clarity for you. It will help you to rule consistently and fairly,” he finished off by saying “The world will know what our rules are, and great numbers will no longer undertake this dangerous journey. The number of illegal aliens and the number of baseless claims will fall.”
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