Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation published the paper America’s Unfinished Asylum Reform Agenda.

“The U.S. asylum system is a source of serious concern for the American public,” said Ken Oliver, senior director of TPPF’s Right on Immigration Initiative. “In order for America’s asylum system to overcome ongoing operational and capacity challenges, the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement needs to be abolished, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 needs to be amended, the first country rule needs to be upheld, and the asylum process should be streamlined further by allowing the Asylum Division of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to handle cases that would otherwise go to immigration courts.”

TPPF published the study Toward a 21st-Century Asylum System last year and many of the reforms recommended at that time have yet to be fully implemented.

“America’s asylum system currently remains at a stand-still due to pandemic-related restrictions,” said TPPF Research Assistant Garrett Yarbrough. “Once it fully reopens, however, due to unresolved litigation and congressional inaction, the country will still not have the protections against meritless claims that it needs.”

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