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Tell DHS to Cancel Dangerous Border Patrol Pilot Program

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The Department of Homeland Security is completely overwhelmed, understaffed, and ill-equipped to deal with the number of asylum seekers at the border. Their latest solution? Pilot a program where border patrol agents moonlight as asylum officers to screen migrants applying for safe haven in the United States. 

PHR has conducted clinical evaluations of asylum seekers for the past 30 years. What we consistently see is that migrants fleeing persecution, including women and children, need to be assessed by people trained to recognize trauma.  
 
Border patrol agents who are primarily responsible for law enforcement are not recruited or trained with the skills needed for this task.
 
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Cancel the proposed border patrol pilot program
Cancel the proposed border patrol pilot program

Dear acting Secretary McAleenan,

I am joining with medical professionals across the country to call on you to abandon the reported pilot program to direct Border Patrol agents to conduct credible fear interviews for asylum seekers entering the United States along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Physicians for Human Rights, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, has conducted clinical evaluations of asylum seekers for the past 30 years. The forensic documentation of their experts shows that trauma-informed adjudicators who have the appropriate expertise to assess persecution are critical to ensuring that asylum claims are evaluated fairly. Border patrol agents who are primarily responsible for law enforcement are not recruited or adequately trained with the skills needed for this task – and a pilot program that asks law-enforcement agents to interview vulnerable asylum seekers whom they have just arrested and jailed about their most personal and traumatic experiences is not a viable option.

I urge you to immediately cancel this ill-informed pilot program and instead dedicate further resources to placing trained asylum officers in positions where they can conduct proper credible fear interviews and ensure timely processing of asylum seeker claims for protection under U.S. and international law.

Sincerely,
[First Name] [Last Name]

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