Biden Administration Plans To Expedite Asylum Processing In Urban Centers

The Biden Administration has unveiled a new strategy to address the burgeoning backlog of asylum cases in urban areas, introducing a process aimed at accelerating asylum proceedings for single illegal alien adults.

Jointly announced by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the “Recent Arrivals (RA) Docket process” seeks to expedite the resolution of asylum claims, which currently face lengthy delays of up to seven years.

The initiative, set to be piloted in five major cities—Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City—claims to streamline the asylum process, allowing for swifter deportation of individuals deemed ineligible for asylum, while ensuring timely relief for legitimate claimants.

In a statement, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stressed the temporary nature of the initiative and called for congressional support to address broader immigration challenges.

Mayorkas, who was recently impeached in a historic move by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives for his refusal to enforce immigration laws and failure to secure the border, remarked, “Today, we are instituting with the Department of Justice a process to accelerate asylum proceedings so that individuals who do not qualify for relief can be removed more quickly and those who do qualify can achieve protection sooner.”

The move comes amid mounting pressure on the Administration to address concerns over mass migration. While Democratic leaders have traditionally advocated for more lenient immigration policies, growing societal strains have prompted calls for stronger border security and vetting of illegal aliens claiming to be seeking asylum — especially as it has been proven that the vast majority of “asylum” claims are falsely made by illegal aliens seeking economic opportunities rather than those who are truly fleeing violence or persecution. Some “asylum seekers” have been found to be wanted criminals, including the recent arrest of a Colombian gang leader who was on the country’s most wanted list and slipped into the U.S. claiming “asylum.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson (D) have both highlighted the toll of federal policies on local communities, underscoring the need for sustainable solutions and economic opportunities for illegal aliens.

Meanwhile, critics have condemned the effort to give illegal aliens work permits, noting that it will disproportionately harm Americans’ chances of employment, especially because the Biden administration provides financial incentives for companies to hire illegal aliens. As popular X account Wall Street Apes pointed out, “In 2024 According to the Department of Human Services, Refugees and Asylum Seekers Will Receive a Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit Worth Thousands of Dollars Per Illegal They Hire.”

With the immigration debate poised to influence voter sentiment in the upcoming November general election, the Administration’s response to border challenges remains a pivotal issue for both parties.