The new proposal is to authorize Immigration Officers to make the decision. If “yes”, the applicant gets status as an asylee immediately. If no, the applicant gets a deportation order immediately, but with a right of appeal to an Immigration Judge.
The idea is that this new procedure would reduce the backlog at the Immigration Courts. At present, this is only a proposal.
WANT U.S. CITIZENSHIP?
You need to have a Green Card for a certain number of years, you need to have physical presence in the U.S. for a certain amount of time, you need to meet all kinds of other requirements – but you need, also, to pass a secret test.
This is a secret survey that the U.S. government conducts on you, by searching many sources: official data bases, computer systems, social media, etc. The purpose is to find any mention or reference to you which might be contradictory or inconsistent with what you stated about yourself in your application for naturalization.
One very useful tool used in this secret survey is your FINGERPRINTS. Many official and unofficial entities maintain data bases of fingerprints collected from persons with whom they have contracts. Very useful for this secret cross-testing of applicants.
This kind of secret survey is going on even after people naturalize and become American citizens. If the government finds some inconsistent information about the new U.S. citizen, the government may – and actually does – start a process of revocation or de-naturalization.
NEW LEGALIZATION PROGRAM
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a BUDGET RESOLUTION that covers many, many new programs. One of them is a program to legalize a great number of non-citizens who are currently in the U.S. The Resolution allocates 10 billion dollars for this purpose.
Who would be eligible? Who would be covered? When would this program begin?
All this is still not spelled out, still unknown.
It must be remembered that the House of Representatives is only one half (1/2) of the U.S. Congress. The other half is the Senate, and they (the 100 Senators) still have to vote on this.
It is expected that the final vote would happen in 3-4 months, in September or October of this year.
Have patience. Wait and see.