From Daily Caller
Border Patrol agents have begun conducting “credible fear” interviews alongside trained asylum officials, in an effort to help manage the immigration crisis.
Backlogged by the sheer amount of asylum applications being filed at the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees began training Border Patrol agents to help conduct interviews of asylum applicants — a new initiative that was revealed to the public in May. A number of Border Patrol agents have now been deployed to help with the wave of interviews.
“As part of a whole-of-government approach to address the Humanitarian Crisis and assist USCIS with the high volume of asylum claims, the USBP began training and detailing agents to USCIS. Agents assist in the process of interviewing migrants claiming credible fear of return to their country,” a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson said in a statement Friday to the Daily Caller News Foundation.