Exclusive–Brandon Judd: DHS Can End Catch and Release by Empowering Border Patrol to Judge Asylum Claims

Thursday, April 4, 2019
By Paul Martin

by JOHN BINDER
BREITBART.COM
3 Apr 2019

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd says the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering a plan to allow U.S. Border Patrol agents to administer “credible fear” interviews to border crossers that would “exponentially” drive down soaring illegal immigration levels.

During an exclusive interview with SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight, Judd said illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border could be quickly cut and the policy of Catch and Release could be ended if DHS authorized Border Patrol agents to conduct immediate interviews with illegal border crossers claiming asylum.

As Breitbart News has reported, less than ten percent of the Central American border crossers arriving at the southern border have legitimate asylum claims, DHS previously revealed. While nearly 90 percent of Central Americans passed an initial credible fear interview, only nine percent were actually granted asylum.

“If you look at one of the things that slow down the system, we just don’t have enough USCIS officers to do credible fear interviews on the spot,” Judd explained:

The statute only says that it has to be an immigration officer that does the credible fear interviews. So you can train Border Patrol agents to give credible fear interviews on the spot. If an individual fails a credible fear interview, that individual becomes subject to deportation immediately. That person does have appeals rights but that appeal has to be heard within ten days. Instead of taking two to five years to deport somebody, we could deport somebody within ten days if the credible fear interview is done on the spot. [Emphasis added]

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