Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told Congress the Migrant Protection Protocol is for asylum seekers lawfully presenting without documents.
"They will be able to dedicate judges and dockets to them, to actually get through hearings in months instead of years before even an initial hearing as we currently face today," said McAleenan.
He said this will take away the incentive to cross illegally. The Department of Justice expects more than 70,000 asylum applications at ports of entry in this fiscal year.
Each migrant and asylum seeker is given a list of lawyers to contact in Mexico or United States.
McAleenan said eventually illegals are given work permits to take U.S. jobs while awaiting their asylum hearings.
"This is something that I think is the fundamental challenge we face with the system right now, is getting results from an immigration proceeding that can be effectuated in a timely manner," said McAleenan.
Reportedly, only about 12 percent of border crossers and illegal aliens who complete their asylum processes actually end up qualifying for asylum - a statistic that underscores the enormous fraud and abuse in the country’s immigration system.