Ten signs the asylum system is broken down

Sunday, December 20th, 2015
By: Jonathan MontagJ.D.

1. Affirmative asylum applicants can wait four years for an interview, separating applicants from their families left behind in perilous conditions for many years.

2. Asylum offices do not have the manpower to perform routine tasks like revalidating asylum grants.

3. Asylum officers are not dealing with the backlog in cases in the United States because of screening of refugees overseas.

4. Asylum officers are denying cases that ultimately are approved by immigration judges, necessitating long delays and the expenditure of scarce resources.

5. Immigration judges are forcing applicants to accept the closure of their cases rather than adjudicating asylum applications, leaving them without lawful statuses and unable to reunite with their families or bring their families to safety in the U.S.

6.  Immigration judges are rushing detained applicants to file asylum applications with short preparation times, but then requiring them to wait months for a final hearing.

7. People seeking asylum at the border are compelled to wait weeks and months before a screening as to their eligibility to apply for asylum, leaving them detained and unable to file asylum applications.

8. ICE officers do not return phone calls from attorneys (Hello, Los Angeles ICE) inquiring about releasing detained asylum applicants

9. CBP is detaining asylum seeks and their families in freezing, overcrowded, and filthy facilities.

10. The standards for asylum eligibility are in flux leaving adjudicators uncertain as to whom is actually eligible for asylum.

Posted December 20, 2015.


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