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Limited Access to Legal Counsel in Biden Administration’s Speedy Asylum Screenings

Reports indicate that the promise of guaranteed access to legal counsel for migrants during speedy asylum screenings at Border Patrol holding facilities, under the Biden administration, has not been fully realized. Advocacy groups and individuals involved reveal that only a small number of migrants have secured formal representation, while informal advice through one-time phone calls has been provided to a few hundred more. The lack of attorney access has raised concerns, and a lawsuit has been filed seeking to end the screenings due to limited time for consultation. The administration has not disclosed the total number of screenings conducted at Border Patrol facilities. The percentage of people passing credible fear interviews has decreased, and lower approval rates have been attributed to new asylum policies and restrictions. The need for improved access to legal counsel during the expedited screening process is being emphasized.

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