Border Security Oversight, Part II: Examining Asylum Requests, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 17, 2013   [open pdf - 504KB]

This is the July 17, 2013 hearing, "Border Security Oversight, Part II: Examining Asylum Requests" held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Security of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the statement of Joseph E. Langlois: "The United States has a long history of providing humanitarian protection to refugees and other vulnerable individuals. We are party to the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees and the Convention against Torture (CAT), which obligate contracting states to abide by the principle of non-refoulement -- to refrain from returning individuals to countries where they fear certain types of harm. Our obligations under the Protocol and the CAT are implemented through various mechanisms, all of which incorporate the principle of non-refoulement. For example, individuals may seek asylum in the United States in one of two ways, either by applying for asylum 'affirmatively' with USCIS or 'defensively' while in removal proceedings before an Immigration Judge within the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). In general, any individual present in the United States and not in removal proceedings may file an affirmative asylum application with USCIS. Affirmative asylum procedures require an in-depth, in-person interview of every principal asylum applicant. This interview is conducted by specially trained Asylum Officers. These officers are a professional cadre within USCIS, dedicated full-time to the adjudication of asylum claims. They are extensively trained in national security issues, the security and law enforcement background check process, eligibility criteria, country conditions, making proper credibility determinations, and fraud detection." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph E. Langlois.

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