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Study finds problems in detecting fraud among asylum seekers

10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago December 02, 2015 Dec 2, 2015 Wednesday, December 02 2015 December 02, 2015 2:47 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Alicia A. Caldwell

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is having trouble detecting fraud in asylum requests from immigrants seeking to stay in the United States for their protection.

A new study says problems at Citizenship and Immigration Services include a paper filing system that doesn't allow officers to capture electronically some key information to detect fraud.

The Government Accountability Office study says neither the immigration service nor the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees federal immigration courts, conducts regular fraud risk assessments. The number of asylum requests has more than doubled in the last several years. The GAO found a backlog of 106,121 pending cases this year.

The report doesn't address the refugee application process for people seeking to enter the country, which has become an issue in debate over Syrian refugees.

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