House Committee Looks at Potential Fraud in the U.S. Asylum System

Posted on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 16:50 pm

Earlier today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing entitled “Asylum Fraud: Abusing America’s Compassion?“ Expert witnesses included Louis Crocetti, Principal of Immigration Integrity Group, LLC and former Chief of USCIS’ Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate; Jan Ting of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law; Hipolito Acosta, former District Director of USCIS in Houston and INS in Mexico City; and Eleanor Acer, Director of Human Rights First’s Refugee Protection Program. Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle seemed to agree with panelists that fraudulent asylum claims hurt the cases of legitimate asylum seekers who deserve protection in the U.S. In a statement submitted for the official record, HIAS called for reforms to the U.S. asylum system that would protect bona fide refugees.

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