Statement Submitted by the Center for Victims of Torture to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security re: Asylum Fraud
On February 11, 2014, the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing on asylum. In written testimony provided to the subcommittee, CVT offers a series of recommendations for steps Congress can take to improve the system overall, while helping those who have genuine asylum claims move more smoothly—and less traumatically– through the process.
Excerpt from CVT testimony:
“CVT believes in preserving the integrity of asylum adjudications and understands the importance of measures designed to deter and prevent fraud, as well as to protect national security and community safety. Preventing fraud and providing asylum applicants with access to a fair and efficient adjudication process are not mutually exclusive. The current backlogs and wait times in the immigration courts undermine fraud prevention and refugee protection—simultaneously making the system vulnerable to abuse while denying applicants meaningful access to the process.”
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