U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced changes to its procedures for reviewing asylum applications this week. As of now, the agency will schedule asylum interviews for recent applications ahead of older records, in an attempt to curb the growth of pending asylum claims in the body.
The agency currently has about 311,000 pending asylum cases. This volume makes the asylum system increasingly vulnerable to fraud and abuse. Over the past five years, the rate of new asylum claims has more than tripled.
With this measure, USCIS intends to prioritize legitimate requests, thereby preventing queues of pending illegitimate asylum requests which defraud the system.
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