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December 8, 2022

Asylum Program May Be Faster But Not Fairer, Study Finds
By Rae Ann Varona

Only 7% of families won asylum after being assigned to a Biden administration program aimed at decreasing the amount of time it takes for asylum-seeking immigrants to get their cases processed after arriving at the Southwest border, a new report has found. The study, conducted by Syracuse University's data-gathering organization called Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, determined that while cases under the Dedicated Docket program did move expeditiously as the administration promised, the program has fallen short of its promise to also ensure fairness wouldn't be compromised. "Thus far, the United States has implemented initiatives to make asylum cases fast, but not necessarily fair. Careful and independent continuing monitoring of this administration's growing initiatives to expedite asylum cases is called for," the report states. "Only in this way will the public have the information it needs to judge whether these initiatives live up to their goals and the claims being made as their 'success.'"

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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