DHS Inspector General Slams Agency’s Vetting Of ‘Asylum Seekers’

Migrants walk along the highway through Arriaga, Chiapas state in southern Mexico, Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, during their journey north toward the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Edgar H. Clemente)

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) office of the Inspector General claimed in a report released Tuesday that the department needed to improve its screening and vetting systems of asylum seekers.

The report found multiple issues, including inconsistencies in the way U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents inspected travelers arriving in vehicles at land ports of entry, and that it failed to have proper technology to perform biometric matching for those arriving by land.

“The Department of Homeland Security’s technology, procedures, and coordination were not fully effective to screen and vet non citizens applying for admission into the United States or asylum seekers whose asylum applications were pending for an extended period,” the office said in a news release, shared with Just The News. “Although [CBP] deployed new technologies to enhance traveler screening, it could not access all Federal data necessary to enable complete screening and vetting of noncitizens seeking admission into the United States.”