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June 22, 2018

Trump's 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy Doomed to Fail Without Enough Judges to Process Asylum Seekers, Former Obama Official Says

Newsweek

Partner Seth M.M. Stodder was interviewed by Newsweek about the issues of the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. Having a unique perspective on the matter as a former Homeland Security assistant secretary and Customs and Border Protection policy director for past administrations, Mr. Stodder was able to answer in-depth questions regarding policy, financing, and processing, as well as share his thoughts on the probably outcomes of this very controversial dilemma.

"I think it's a mistake that's going to overwhelm the system," stated Mr. Stodder.

"I think the basic problem is, the immigration court system is overwhelmed by this number of claims and you have these massive backlogs. So by a zero tolerance policy—meaning that we're going to detain people, whether separating their kids from their parents or you detain entire families—are we willing to detain people for years, conceivably until their asylum claims are resolved? I don't think we remotely have the resources and the capacity [to actually process people through the system], and I don't think that's something that we want to do as a country, detain these people for all this time, and I think there are other ways that we can address this problem."

READ: Trump's 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy Doomed to Fail Without Enough Judges to Process Asylum Seekers, Former Obama Official Says

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