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Border Patrol Sees 43% Increase of Individuals Claiming Credible Fear (ICCF) Along the Southwest Border

The United States Border Patrol reported that there was a 43% increase of apprehensions of individuals claiming credible fear along the Southwest Border during 2018 as compared to 2017.

During 2018 there were 54,690 undocumented immigrants apprehended along the Southwest Border who were categorized under the (ICCF) category as compared to 2017 which had 38,300 individuals.

Reports show that there was a 31% increase of (ICCF’s) along the Del Rio Border Sector which includes Maverick County. During 2018 BP with 3,087 people detained who ended up being placed in the (ICCF) category. In 2017 there were 2,355 reported.

It’s important to note that all cases reported under (ICCF) are referred to Asylum Officers of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Those who are apprehended between Ports of Entry and claim credible fear are processed for expedited removal by U.S. Border Patrol. Those who arrive at Ports of Entry, are found inadmissible, and claim credible fear are processed for expedited removal by the Office of Field Operations.

Under the Expedited Removal Provisions, an agent or officer takes the applicant’s sworn statement, including asking four questions regarding any fear the alien may have of returning to his or her home country and the potential of being harmed. During Expedited Removal proceedings, detainees are questioned regarding any fear they may have of returning to their country of origin, to ensure that each detainee is afforded the ability to articulate claims of fear. Those questions are: Why did you leave your home or country of last residence?
Do you have any fear or concern about being returned to your home country or being removed from the United States? Would you be harmed if you are returned to your home country or country of last residence? Do you have any questions or is there anything else you would like to add?

CBP Agents and Officers have no discretion as to whether or not to refer an alien for a credible fear interview. CBP Agents and Officers do not make any determination on the validity of such claims and refer the person for an interview with a USCIS Asylum Officer.

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