Even as the situation along the U.S. southwest border continues to spiral out of control — which is by design, according to some critics — the Biden administration tanked another Trump-era policy that is only going to lead to more migrants crossing illegally into the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security just issued new rules that require all affirmative-asylum decisions to be subjected to review by a supervisor, a policy that is being described as “quality assurance” but in reality is just an underhanded attempt to pressure officers into approving more case, the Washington Times reported, citing a former staffer.
The paper reports:
The memo from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services revokes a Trump-era policy that had chiefly limited reviews to decisions by new asylum officers, figuring that those on the job more than six months or who had done at least 150 cases no longer needed hand-holding.
Andrew Davidson, chief of USCIS’s asylum division, called that policy “deficient” and said it “no longer reflects the … operational reality and it is not appropriately tailored to the program’s quality needs.”
But underneath the bureaucratic window dressing, say former agency officials who spoke with the Times, what Biden’s administration is really doing is getting rid of a policy that made adjudicating asylum cases much more efficient simply in the name of wiping out all traces of former President Donald Trump.
“This is odd,” Ken Cuccinelli, who made the changes while running USCIS in 2019, told the paper. “It will slow down case consideration for sure.”
“My change to that policy was a pure common-sense, efficiency effort,” Cuccinelli added.
According to the historic standard, people who apply for asylum in the U.S. must be attempting to escape government-sanctioned persecution at home, though it’s often been hotly disputed as to what form ‘persecution’ takes.
“The Trump administration tightened the window, arguing general crime and violence weren’t sufficient, and the system was being abused by traditional immigrants without documentation who were making bogus claims,” The Times reported, adding: “Immigrant-rights activists countered that the Trump team was denying valid claims.”
The Biden team appears to be taking the side of those left-wing groups.
But overall, the White House’s approach to border crisis is not resonating well with the American people. A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that “40% of respondents disapproved of Biden’s handling of children who arrive at the border without parents, compared with 24% who approve,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“Most Americans think reuniting parents and children who were separated at the border and providing safe treatment to these unaccompanied children should be high priorities for the federal government,” the survey concluded. “About half say increased security at the U.S.-Mexico border should be a key concern for Biden’s immigration agenda.”
“While President Biden is getting high marks for how he is handling his job overall, the public is less supportive of his approach to immigration, border security, and particularly the influx of unaccompanied children seeking asylum,” the poll concludes.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has said he doesn’t think the Biden administration is even concerned about Democrats keeping power beyond the 2022 midterms, which is why it is pushing its far-left agenda as quickly as possible.
“I think … they’ve given up on keeping the House,” Gingrich told Tucker Carlson in early March. “What they’re doing is ramming through everything they can get done before they lose in 2022. This is kind of a sprint to radicalism even though it’s going to cost, if you look at these votes … [they’ll] have 30, 40, 50 members who are not going to be able to defend them.”