Southwest Border: DHS and DOJ Have Implemented Expedited Credible Fear Screening Pilot Programs, but Should Ensure Timely Data Entry, Report to Congressional Requesters [open pdf - 3MB]
From the Highlights: "Individuals apprehended by DHS and placed into expedited removal proceedings are to be removed from the U.S. without a hearing in immigration court unless they indicate a fear of persecution or torture, a fear of return to their country, or express an intent to apply for asylum. Asylum officers conduct such 'fear screenings,' and EOIR [Executive Office for Immigration Review] immigration judges may review negative USCIS [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] determinations. In October 2019, DHS and DOJ [Department of Justice] initiated two pilot programs to further expedite fear screenings for certain apprehended noncitizens. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review DHS's and DOJ's management of these pilot programs. This report examines (1) actions DHS and EOIR took to implement and expand the programs along the southwest border, and (2) what the agencies' data indicate about the outcomes of individuals' screenings and any gaps in such data."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/