Hern and Inhofe lead Asylum Abuse Reduction Act
Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) and Senator Jim Inhofe (OK) introduced the Asylum Abuse Reduction Act in the House and Senate, respectively. The pair first introduced the bill together last Congress. The bill addresses immigration loopholes to strengthen the integrity of the asylum process to ensure that it is only used by individuals who are genuinely seeking asylum.
“The crisis at our border gets worse with every passing minute,” Rep. Hern said. “After an aggressive agenda to curtail illegal immigration under the Trump Administration, Biden’s reversal of Trump’s policies created a humanitarian and national security emergency on our Southern border. We must put common-sense policies in place to get us back on the path to law and order. The Asylum Abuse Reduction Act will ensure that asylum seekers are following our laws to enter our country legally by claiming asylum before they reach our border. This is a necessary step to prevent future crises like we’re seeing at our border today. I am proud to introduce this bill in the House and work with both Senate and House colleagues to earn support for this legislation.”
Sen. Inhofe said, “We have to find real solutions to this Biden Border Crisis. That’s why I’m reintroducing my Asylum Abuse Reduction Act—I want to reinstate the successful policies of the Trump administration that Biden reversed. By reforming our asylum process, we can minimize false asylum claims, ease the backlog on our immigration courts and end ‘catch and release’—all while improving the process for those who truly need it.”
Requires migrants to declare asylum at our embassies/consulates in Mexico or Canada before entering the United States.
Creates a criminal bench warrant for immigrants that have failed to appear for immigration court.
Codifies the Trump Administration’s Third Country Asylum Rule.
Establishes Fix to Flores Settlement Agreement:
Previous administrations have operated under a policy of “catch and release,” where many illegal immigrants caught crossing the border illegally are given citations for appearing in court, but then released into the United States. Data from the Department of Justice makes it clear–49 percent of immigrants accused of illegal border crossings simply never appear for their court proceedings.
The asylum process has also been abused in the past, with immigrants entering the country after declaring asylum, but never completing the process by attending court dates or necessary interviews with immigration officials—thereby never receiving proper documentation. We’ve also experienced a dramatic increase in the number of individuals claiming asylum
Would this bill deter families and individuals from seeking asylum?
No. Rather, this will reduce the backlog on our immigration courts and make it easier for families legitimately seeking asylum to have their cases heard.
What about building the wall or other border security initiatives?
Sen. Inhofe and Rep. Hern are strong advocates of building the wall, but additional legal changes need to be made to eliminate illegal immigration. The Asylum Abuse Reduction Act would work in collaboration with other border security initiatives.
Will this legislation do anything to prevent family separation?
Yes. In the past, families were separated because existing case law prevents children from being detained with their parents while the parents are undergoing criminal proceedings for illegal border crossing. The Asylum Abuse Reduction Act would prevent children traveling in family units from being separated.