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Some asylum officers rebelled against Trump policies.

The union for asylum officers and other immigration officers objected to Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which forced them to send vulnerable asylum seekers to Mexico for the duration of the US court case. Some individual asylum officers took matters into their own hands, refusing to conduct interviews under the “Remain in Mexico” program. Other asylum officers spoke out against the policy after its implementation, feeling morally shaken by sending asylum seekers to a country where they had already been harmed and were in fear.

When border patrol officers were tasked with conducting initial asylum interviews, approval rate dropped.

The first step to an asylum application is a credible fear interview, where an asylum seeker has to show they have a credible fear of returning to their home country, which was designed to be a low threshold that many could meet. When border patrol officers began conducting some of these interviews in June, the approval rate dropped sharply. The approval rate for border patrol was 47% compared to the roughly 80% for asylum officers. The move to use border patrol officers for this purpose has been criticized, with asylum officers agreeing that border patrol were trained with an enforcement mindset that is unsuitable for humanitarian work, and it is unfair to both the border patrol and the asylum seekers.

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