There is a border crisis. Sorry Democrats, it’s an actual crisis. It’s been one for decades, which has reached fever pitch in recent months. Migrants are overwhelming border enforcement agents. The Department of Homeland Security, which recently underwent a shakeup, says it needs more money to handle this amount of migrants. The number of apprehensions has approached or reached into the six-figure territory on a monthly basis. Even The Washington Post and The New York Times have reported on the situation. CNN was forced to admit there’s a border crisis. Illegal aliens crossing the border interrupted Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo’s interview with Border Patrol. They all come and claim asylum, which is part of the problem. Now, according to Anna Giaritelli of The Washington Examiner, there are reports that Border Patrol will soon be given on-the-spot authority to decide asylum claims:
The Department of Homeland Security is racing to implement a plan that would give federal law enforcement on the border the authority to conduct interviews with asylum seekers who fear returning to their home countries, according to two sources with first-hand knowledge of the plan.
Under the pending procedural change, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers would train Border Patrol agents on the southern border how to conduct “credible fear interviews,” which immigrants must pass to go on to claim asylum. Agents would conduct the interviews shortly after apprehending people who have illegally crossed from Mexico to the U.S
The Trump administration is pushing to start agent training “ASAP,” according to one official.
The proposal has some downsides. For instance, there likely would be fewer Border Patrol agents performing law enforcement duties while undergoing training. But that would be offset by an overall decline of undocumented immigrants seeking refuge in the U.S
DHS is not planning to get congressional approval before implementing the change. Department officials believe they are within the law because an asylum officer must be an immigration official, which Border Patrol agents are considered to be. As long as agents get training on how to carry out those interviews and make those decisions, the department believes the plan is sound, a second official, who spoke on background in order to speak freely, explained.
We’ll keep you updated. If true, this is a huge development, one that could help us get our border under control.