In an opinion piece written for Fox News, Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), a union which represents rank-and-file Border Patrol agents nationwide, criticized Biden’s new border rule.
When it comes to border security, the Biden administration isn’t satisfied with just opening the floodgates — causing the single largest illegal immigration crisis in our history.
Now Biden is going a step further by seeming to remove the gates entirely.
DHS is set to implement a new rule substantially changing the role of asylum officers of the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Service (USCIS). Instead of simply determining credible fear which allows a claimant to appear before a judge, under the new rule asylum officers will now have the same authority as a judge. Secretary Mayorkas said: “Through this rule, we are building a more functional and sensible asylum system to ensure that individuals who are eligible will receive protection more swiftly, while those who are not eligible will be rapidly removed.”
While on the surface this might seem like a good idea for border security, it is not. In fact, and if statistics hold true, it will do the exact opposite. It will make the problem worse – much worse. It is a Trojan Horse.
Judd went on to explain how the new rule would impact remove immigration judges from the asylum process.
In the asylum process there are two equally important components, USCIS and immigration judges.
USCIS is responsible for the intake and processing of asylum claims as well as making an initial determination as to the credibility of a person’s fear about returning to their country of origin. The judiciary reviews all pertinent evidence, hears the case by allowing the claimant to prove the claim, and makes a final determination based upon the law.
By removing immigration judges, the Administration is putting complete authority in the hands of a single department, DHS, with no review by the Department of Justice.
Really bad idea.
Lawmakers in Washington should be paying close attention to Judd’s warning call. As president of the NBPC, Judd has unique insight into the border security challenges our country faces and how illegal immigrants exploit weaknesses in our asylum process.