The Biden administration decided to quickly process migrants crossing the southern border, but was unable to expedite processing times for Afghan interpreters and other allies who participated in the U.S. war effort. 20 years.
The White House announced last month that it would speed up the processing of asylum claims for migrants at the southern border, saying in a statement they seek to put in place a “fair, orderly and humane immigration system.” After the Trump administration’s policies “unfairly prevent individuals from obtaining asylum.”
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The new policy grants asylum officers full authority to adjudicate asylum cases, allowing migrants to bypass federal immigration courts which are often on hold and have long waiting times.
The process will also allow for faster deportations of those who do not qualify for asylum.
“Asylum and other legal migration routes should remain available for those seeking protection. Those who do not seek protection or do not meet the conditions will be promptly returned to their countries of origin,” the plan says. .
But the administration failed to simplify the process for Afghan interpreters and other allies who served alongside US troops during the 20-year war effort in Afghanistan, with many still stranded in the country as the Taliban take control.
“We are very pleased with the bipartisan support on both sides of the aisle of Congress,” James Miervaldis, president of No One Left Behind, told NPR last week. “But even with this unprecedented level of interest and enthusiasm in getting it right, the 14-step process was still taking about three and a half years. And obviously with the evacuation, that – we don’t have that time. . “
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Long wait times became even more frustrating amid the chaos in Kabul, where desperate Afghans were seen hanging alongside US Air Force planes as they took off for evacuation flights.
More than 300,000 Afghans participated in the American war effort at home, of which more than 15,000 and their families were resettled in the United States through the SIV program. Around 18,000 SIV requests are still pending as thousands try to flee the country.
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