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USCRI’s Comment: Application of Certain Mandatory Bars in Fear Screenings

By USCRI June 13, 2024

On May 13, 2024, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) entitled “Application of Certain Mandatory Bars in Fear Screenings.” If finalized, the NPRM would impact various populations that USCRI serves.

The Proposed Rule allows Asylum Officers to apply certain asylum eligibility bars earlier in the process, making initial fear screenings harder to pass and preventing some individuals from ever getting a full immigration court hearing. Yesterday, USCRI submitted the attached comment on the Proposed Rule to the federal register, addressing DHS’s failure to support its change in policy, congressional intent and refoulement, concerns over violations of due process, and special considerations on the impact to survivors of human trafficking, family separation, and LGBTQIA+ individuals.

 

Click here to read the complete comment


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