US experiments in Texas with plan to speed asylum decisions

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CEDAR ATTANASIO and ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press EL PASO, Texas (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities are testing a program to speed up reviews of asylum claims at a Texas Border Patrol station, offering a glimpse of how the Trump administration may enforce its partial asylum ban. The pilot project, called the "Prompt Asylum Case Review" system, began Oct. 7 in El Paso, with a goal of having a decision by an immigration judge within 10 days, according to a senior Department of Homeland Security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the program have not been made public. Mexicans are exempt. The rollout has not been publicly announced, leading to complaints by attorneys that they have no access to clients and are left in the dark. "The most concerning part
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