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Los Angeles Times
May 1, 2019

Trump's newest asylum policy has the seed of a good idea buried amid bad ones
By Times Editorial Board


According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, the current backlog stands at 869,000 cases; on average, those cases have been pending for 736 days. If the administration prioritizes asylum requests, by necessity non-asylum cases would be pushed back. Trump canít fix any of that with a wave of the pen and an order to speed things up. The system needs many more judges and support staff, and more help for those requesting asylum to navigate the arcane system. That takes money, and Trump needs to work with Congress to expand the systemís capacity to meet the demand it faces. Above all, asylum seekers deserve due process and fair decisions.


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