Biden Administration Aims To Expedite Asylum Cases In Major Cities

The Biden Administration has introduced a new initiative aimed at expediting the processing of asylum cases, particularly in Democratic-leaning cities, amidst mounting pressure to address the backlog.

Announced jointly by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the “Recent Arrivals (RA) Docket process” is designed to accelerate the handling of asylum claims for single illegal alien adults.

The initiative seeks to streamline the asylum process, allowing for the swift deportation of individuals found ineligible for asylum, while providing timely relief to those with valid claims. Currently, asylum cases can languish for up to seven years before resolution.

The new RA process will be implemented in five major cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City, with the objective of resolving all asylum cases within a six-month timeframe.

In response to the announcement, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas emphasized the temporary nature of the initiative and urged Congress for additional funding 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 secure the border, stated, “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.”

Acknowledging the limitations of administrative measures, Mayorkas underscored the need for comprehensive legislative reforms to effectively manage immigration issues.

The move comes amid escalating pressure on the Administration to address concerns surrounding mass illegal immigration. While Democratic leaders have traditionally advocated for more lenient immigration policies, growing societal strains have prompted some officials to reassess their approach — especially as it has been proven that a significant majority of “asylum” claims are falsely made by illegal aliens seeking economic opportunities rather than those who are actually fleeing violence or persecution in their home countries. Some “asylum seekers” have even 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) voiced concerns about the toll of federal policies on local communities, highlighting the need for sustainable solutions. Similarly, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson (D) emphasized the importance of long-term economic opportunities for illegal aliens.

Meanwhile, critics have argued that allowing illegal aliens to have work permits 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 remaining a key electoral issue, the Administration’s response to border challenges will likely influence voter sentiment in the upcoming November general election.