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US Moves To Cut Backlog Of Asylum Cases At US-Mexico Border

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FILE - In this June 15, 2021, file photo a Border Patrol agent watches as a group of migrants walk across the Rio Grande on their way to turn themselves in upon crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas. The Biden administration proposed Wednesday, Aug. 18, to change the way asylum claims are handled, aiming to cut a huge backlog of cases from the Southwest border that has resulted in people waiting years to find out if they will be allowed to stay in the U.S. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

(AP) — The Biden administration is proposing changing how asylum claims are handled. The aim is to reduce the backlog of cases from the U.S.-Mexico border that’s left people waiting years to find out whether they’ll be allowed to stay in America. Under the proposal, routine asylum cases no longer would automatically be referred to the overwhelmed immigration court system managed by the Justice Department. Instead, they’d be handled by asylum officers from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,. That’s seen as a way to help people with legitimate claims for protection while allowing officials to more quickly deal with people who don’t qualify for asylum or are taking advantage of the long delay to stay in the United States.

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