President Joe Biden’s administration continues to take steps to strengthen U.S. border security and streamline processing of asylum applications and expedited deportations

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has published a Notice of Proposed Regulations (NPRM) that would provide legal restrictions on the granting of asylum early in the process.

    Main innovations and their impact:

  • Procedural changes:
  • Federal law now excludes individuals who pose a threat to national security or public safety from being granted asylum, including those convicted of felonies, those involved in persecution, and those who pose a threat to terrorism or the security of the United States.

  • Quick check:
  • The innovations allow initial credible fear screening to be conducted just a few days after meeting with the applicant, significantly speeding up the process of identification and subsequent deportation.

  • Security improvements:
  • Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said today’s rule is part of an ongoing effort to keep the American public safe.

  • Internal movement analysis:
  • The new guidance also includes an analysis of the ability of applicants to move safely within their countries, further helping to identify those in real need of protection.

We are taking these steps to strengthen the safety of Americans by quickly weeding out those who are not eligible to remain in our country. But full-fledged reform requires action from Congress, noted Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Statistics and global cooperation:

The Biden-Harris Administration is actively working to improve immigration policies by expanding legal migration routes and collaborating with international partners. Since May 2023, DHS has deported or returned more than 720,000 people, the highest number since 2011. In addition, the number of credible fear interviews conducted has been significantly increased, allowing for more effective removal of individuals without a lawful basis for being in the United States.