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December 11, 2013

Statement for the House Judiciary to Address Any Abuses to Asylum System while Protecting Refugees

In a statement submitted to the House Judiciary Committee, which convened a hearing on alleged abuses of the asylum system at the United States-Mexico border, Human Rights First urged Congress to address any systemic problems while safeguarding the ability of the U.S. asylum system to protect refugees fleeing persecution.

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Human Rights First identified several recommendations for steps that should be taken to address any abuses that may be impacting the asylum system. These include:

  • Increase immigration court staffing and resources.
  • Increase fraud and abuse detection resources and utilize multiple anti-fraud tools.
  • Effectively implement asylum parole guidance.
  • Use cost-effective alternatives to detention.
  • Eliminate the asylum filing deadline which bars legitimate refugees from asylum.