Submission to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Asylum Abuse: Is it Overwhelming our Borders?
On December 12, 2013, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on asylum seekers at the border. In written testimony provided to the committee, CVT offers a series of recommendations for steps Congress can take to improve efficiencies in the asylum adjudication process and make the system less vulnerable to fraud.
Excerpt from CVT testimony:
“For the asylum system to function well, credible fear interviews and an assessment of whether an asylum seeker who passes credible fear is eligible for release from detention should happen promptly. These prompt assessments and utilization of more cost-effective alternatives to detention can help prevent prolonged and unnecessary detention, reducing the hardship on the individual while saving valuable taxpayer dollars. Similarly, on a systematic level, providing detainees with access to legal information helps the immigration court process run more efficiently and reduces delays. For the individual, having access to basic information about the process—even if it does not change the process or the outcome—can serve to support resilience, help to avoid retraumatization and reduce anxiety.”
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