Homeland Security steps up use of biometrics data on border

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If U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) decides that a group is posing as a family, they will refer the adults to Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) for prosecution. He has been a guest on Fox News, defending Trump's immigration policies.

"In this digital age, border searches of electronic devices are essential to enforcing the law at the USA border and to protecting the American people", John Wagner, the CBP's deputy executive assistant commissioner, office of field operations, says in the guidelines.

The practice of blood testing asylum seekers will deter false family asylum cases, or so the Trump administration hopes.


Customs and Border Protection told NBC News that from October 1 to March 30 it identified more than 2,700 individuals on the southwest border that falsely claimed to be part of a family unit with unaccompanied children.

In preparation for a lawsuit the ACLU is bringing against the federal government, U.S. officials from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had an under-oath chat with the ACLU about how exactly they search electronic devices at the border when they don't have a warrant or "suspicion".

If they pass that first hurdle, a low bar, they go on to immigration court where a judge can grant them asylum if they prove they have been persecuted due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

If the intent is to decrease migrants flowing into the country, it likely won't work.

The current asylum system isn't flawless; there are many migrants whose true basis for leaving their home countries is to escape desperate poverty - not, say, religious or political persecution. There, they must prove to an asylum officer that they have a credible fear of returning home or face persecution.

Trump wants asylum-seekers to pay a fee to apply for the humanitarian status, among other new regulations he is proposing. Border Patrol agents are immigration officials, which is a prerequisite requirement to be considered an asylum officer.

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This escalating strategy is a result of the 2015 Flores settlement update that makes deporting families with children who claim asylum virtually impossible, according to The Washington Times.

The order also instructs the departments to prohibit asylum-seekers from receiving employment authorization until their asylum request has been granted by a judge, and to revoke employment authorization for illegal immigrants who are denied asylum.

ICE officials say they have identified 101 possible instances of fraudulent families since April 18 and determined one-third were fraudulent.

There are now fewer than 500 immigration judges nationwide, with the 900,000 asylum cases waiting to be decided.

"You have people coming up, they are all met by the lawyers", he said, "and they say, say the following phrase, "I'm very afraid for my life". and then I look at the guy, he looks like he just got out of the ring, he's the heavyweight champion of the world".

Given these findings, the ACLU is asking the judge in its case to skip the trial and rule on behalf of its clients - USA citizens who have experienced unreasonable search and seizure.

The Pentagon is sending another 320 troops to the Mexico border to handle the surge of migrants.

In response, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi released a statement calling the president's memo a "despicable attack on desperate families seeking asylum" adding that it is "cruel, unprecedented and fails to address the root causes of migration".

The changes would reduce the number of migrants who are waiting for a decision on their asylum case, alleviating an immigration court system bogged down with some 900,000 pending cases, and more quickly deport foreign nationals who do not qualify.