Biden Administration Introduces New Program To Expedite Asylum Cases For Recent Border Crossers

The Biden administration announced Thursday a new program aimed at speeding up the immigration court cases of certain single adults who were caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. This initiative is part of a broader effort to reduce illegal immigration ahead of the Nov. 5 elections, as President Joe Biden attempts damage control on a topic that has caught the attention of Americans: the border crisis.

Under the new program, single adults with court dates heading to five cities – Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City – could be placed in a “recent arrivals docket.” U.S. immigration judges will aim to resolve their asylum claims within 180 days, a significant reduction from the current process, which can take years due to major backlogs.

Biden recently took a tougher stance on border security as immigration has become a top concern for voters. Former President Donald Trump has criticized Biden’s disastrous border policies and pledged to reinstate hardline border security.

Administration officials declined to specify how many people could be placed in the accelerated case processing, but at least 10 judges will initially be assigned to the new program.

The Biden administration has implemented recent visa restrictions on more than 250 members of the Nicaraguan government and sanctions on three Nicaraguan entities, partly related to migrant smuggling through the Central American country. But the border remains open to the world and record numbers continue to cross into the U.S.