Spendy screening: Why a key Biden rule isn’t slowing down overflow at the border

An immigration rule the Biden administration touts as a “cornerstone” of its border policy is not having the effects on the border crisis that its creators hoped it would.

The screening standards attempt to identify weak claims for protection, including race, religion, and political opinion. The rule, originally declared a success, was implemented after the Biden administration lifted a pandemic-era asylum restriction in May, and officials hoped it would slow down the flow of illegal immigrants. Agents are supposed to conduct screenings before agents in the processing centers prepare documents for the immigration court, but due to staffing shortages, they’ve only occurred in a fraction of arrests.

“The rule is working as intended and has already significantly reduced encounters at the border,” Blas Nunez-Neto, assistant homeland security secretary for border and immigration policy, said in Read more…

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