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Shortly after the CIA shooting, he gave an interview to Ira Mehlman for a story that magazine would run on misuse of the asylum law. ”37 In principle, expanding detention facilities and increasing the number of immigration judges who adjudicated asylum claims could have solved the problem that Slattery identified. 38 But Slattery did not believe that he could obtain the detention facilities that he would need to house fifteen thousand inadmissible aliens per year, even if the period for each detention were reduced.
3 A few weeks later, he added that he wanted to “reaffirm my opposition to the . . ”4 And a week after being elected president, he said that the “blanket-sending them back to Haiti . . was an error. And so, I will modify that process . . ”5 Human rights advocates had additional reasons to expect that Clinton would rescind the Kennebunkport Order immediately after taking office. 8 But during preparations for the inauguration, Clinton staff members heard reports that Haitians were building nearly a thousand boats and were hoping to land in the United States during the ceremony.
They suggested that the INS station some of its trained asylum officers, who since 1990 had been specially trained to decide affirmative cases, at the airports. These officers would screen the apprehended asylum seekers. The purpose of the 34 A Well-Founded Fear screening would be to separate those with strong asylum claims from those whose cases seemed completely without foundation. This preliminary screening would not cause anyone to be sent home immediately, as under Simpson’s old summary exclusion proposal, but would determine which people should be released into the community pending a hearing, and which should be jailed until their hearings because they were unlikely to prevail in their cases.
A Well-Founded Fear: The Congressional Battle to Save Political Asylum in America (1999, 2000) by Philip G Schrag