Congressman Francis Rooney statement on introducing the Asylum Protection Act
Washington, DC – Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement on introducing H.R. 4850, the Asylum Protection Act of 2018.
Congressman Rooney stated, “The United States asylum application process is being abused by illegal immigrants and the people suffering most from this abuse are those who most need asylum due to legitimate fear of persecution in their home countries. On the other hand, baseless asylum claims have created a huge backlog at the immigration courts and, as a result, allow illegal immigrants to stay in this country for years pending adjudication. Congress needs to end this abuse now and protect those legitimately in need.”
The Asylum Protection Act of 2018, introduced on January 19th, is a common-sense reform that would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to replace the existing deadline for application for asylum from one-year to 30 days from the date an asylum seeker enters the United States. It would also require applicants to declare their status when entering through any United States port of entry. It is illogical that existing law lacks such a requirement.