Putting TRAC to Work
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University of Oxford
August 2017

Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration
By Claudia Hartman and Klaudia Wegschaider

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people in the U.S. who have never been arrested by immigration and are seeking asylum affirmatively by mailing in their application to the Asylum Office and asking for an interview. While they are waiting for their asylum interview, they are living at home with their families. There is no reason that those picked up by immigration cannot be released to do likewise. In fact, changes could be made to allow the asylum office to make decisions granting asylum in these cases without the need to refer these cases to Immigration Court. This would save judicial resources and also help resolve the court backlog, which nationally tops 598,000.......[Citing TRAC data and reports].

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