Biden rolls out asylum restrictions to help gain control of the border

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The long-anticipated presidential proclamation would bar migrants from being granted asylum when U.S. officials deem that the southern border is overwhelmed.
The order will go into effect when the number of border encounters between ports of entry hits 2,500 per day, according to senior administration officials.
That means Biden’s order should go into effect immediately, because the daily averages are higher now.
AP AUDIO: Biden says he’s restricting asylum to help ‘gain control’ of the border AP Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani reports President Biden has announced plans for a significant and immediate restriction on migrants trying to claim asylum at the southern border.
Meanwhile, anyone who expresses that fear or an intention to seek asylum will be screened by a U.S. asylum officer but at a higher standard than currently used.
Senior officials expressed confidence that they would be able to implement Biden’s order, despite threats from prominent legal groups to file lawsuits over the directive.
The directive would also exempt migrants who make appointments with border officials at ports of entry using the CBP One app.
Republicans dismissed Biden’s order as nothing more than a “political stunt” meant to show toughened immigration enforcement ahead of the election.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced his intention to implement major, immediate restrictions on asylum seekers at the U.S. s. -Mexico border as part of the White House’s effort to delegitimize immigration in advance of the elections in November.

This much-awaited presidential proclamation would prevent asylum from being granted to migrants when U. s. Authorities believe there is an overload at the southern border. After a bipartisan border security agreement in Congress broke down and was rejected by the majority of Republican lawmakers at the behest of the presumed GOP presidential nominee, former President Donald Trump, the Democratic president had been considering taking unilateral action for months.

Although Biden preferred more comprehensive legislative action, he stated, “Republicans have left me with no choice.”. Rather, he asserted that he was acting independently to “take control of the border” and that “I believe immigration has always been the lifeblood of America.”. “.

The Republicans were informed by Trump. Biden stated, “that he wanted to use it to attack me, not to fix the issue.”. It was a completely misguided political move that was full of cynicism, disdaining the American people who want us to mend the border rather than weaponize it. “.

Before their presidential debate on June 27, however, Trump took to social media to attack Biden once more on immigration, claiming that the Democrat had “totally surrendered our Southern Border” and that his order was “all for show.”.

Senior administration officials stated that the order will take effect when there are 2,500 border encounters between ports of entry every day. Since the daily averages are now higher, Biden’s order should take effect right away. Biden took office in January 2021, which was the last month in which the average daily arrests for illegal crossings from Mexico were less than 2,500. In July 2020, during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of border encounters fell to 1,500 per day.

Under a seven-day average, the restrictions would remain in place for two weeks after the daily encounter numbers are at or below 1,500 between ports of entry. Monday’s Associated Press was the first to report those numbers.

AP AUDIO: Biden claims he is limiting asylum in order to assist in “gaining control” of the border.

Presidency Biden has declared intentions to impose a major and immediate ban on individuals attempting to apply for asylum at the southern border, according to AP Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani.

Although more enforcement with Mexico since high-level bilateral meetings in late December has decreased illegal crossings, Homeland Security said that this measure is “likely to be less effective over time,” necessitating further action. According to the department, “smuggling networks are adaptive, responding to changes put in place” in a federal rule released on Tuesday.

During July through September, the department projects that the average number of arrests for illegal crossings may reach 6,700 per day.

This order will take effect in a few days or even hours, and migrants who show up at the border but do not show that they are afraid to go back to their home countries will be immediately removed from the United States. The migrants may be subject to penalties, such as a five-year ban from returning to the U.S. s. perhaps even the pursuit of criminal charges.

Anyone who indicates they are afraid or that they intend to apply for asylum will, in the meantime, be interviewed by a U. S. asylum officer, but to a higher standard than what is presently employed. If they make it through the screening process, they can apply for more restrictive types of humanitarian protection, such as U.S. N. UN Convention on Torture.

President and CEO of Global Refuge Krish O’Mara Vignarajah stated, “We’re troubled to see this administration raise the bar on asylum seekers who are coming to our southern border and exercising a legal right.”. While no one likes to see migrants who may be arriving in search of a better life or economic opportunity take advantage of the asylum system, we see in our clients and other immigrants people who are escaping extremely difficult situations during a period of unprecedented global migration, and we believe that the U.S. s. remains a ray of hope and safety. “.

On Tuesday, there were no obvious indications of an immediate impact at the border.

Iselande Peralta, a mother from Haiti who is currently residing in Reynosa, Mexico, along with her 3-year-old son, informed the U.S. S. was authorized to impose additional limitations. Her attempts to schedule an appointment through U have lasted for ten months. s. The online application CBP One from Customs and Border Protection. According to Peralta, 26, CBP One is her best option and she wouldn’t consider crossing the border illegally.

“I wouldn’t cross the river, even if I was insane.”. She said, “I’m willing to wait. How would I do that with a child as young as him?”.

Biden’s order comes at a time when the number of migrants encountered at the border has been steadily declining since December, but senior administration officials argue that the numbers are still excessive and may, as is customary, spike in better weather.

However, there are still a lot of uncertainties and issues regarding the execution of Biden’s directive.

For example, the administration already has an agreement with Mexico whereby, in the event that U.S. officials deny entry to citizens of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, Mexico will accept up to 30,000 citizens from those countries per month. S. Senior officials in the administration confirm that this directive will not change that. Regarding foreign nationals who are refused under Biden’s order, it is unclear what will happen to them.

In an interview with reporters, four senior administration officials—who insisted on remaining anonymous—acknowledged that Biden’s objective of expeditiously deporting migrants is hampered by a lack of funding from Congress. When it comes to holding migrant families in detention, the administration is also subject to certain legal restrictions, which it promised to obey.

Biden is relying on Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which gives the president the power to restrict immigration for certain migrants if it is thought that doing so would be “detrimental” to the interests of the country. Despite threats to sue over the directive from well-known legal groups, senior officials were confident they could carry out Biden’s order.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s Lee Gelernt, who won similar legal challenges during Trump’s presidency, declared, “We intend to sue.”. “As it was when Trump made his vain attempt to obtain asylum, a ban on it is illegal. “.

Senior administration officials emphasized that Biden’s proposal is very different from Trump’s, who relied on the same sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act as Biden. These include Trump’s efforts in 2018 to tighten asylum laws and his 2017 directive to bar citizens of countries with a majority of Muslims.

In Biden’s order, a number of immigrant groups are listed as being exempt for humanitarian reasons. These groups include unaccompanied minors, victims of human trafficking, and those with serious medical emergencies.

Additionally, the directive would waive penalties for migrants who use the CBP One app to schedule appointments with border officials at ports of entry. Since the app’s launch last year, about 1,450 appointments have been made to enable migrants to file claims for asylum.

Immigration advocates are concerned that Biden’s plan, especially in the absence of an influx of funding for immigration authorities, will only worsen the backlog of migrants waiting for an appointment through the app, which has been going on for months.

Furthermore, Jennie Murray, the president of the National Immigration Forum, noted that it might be challenging for border officials to swiftly deport migrants given that many of them are already assigned to assist in shelters and other humanitarian endeavors.

She claimed that because Customs and Border Protection lacks the manpower to handle the current volume of apprehensions, there would be greater chaos.

Republicans criticized Biden’s order, calling it merely a “political stunt” intended to demonstrate more stringent immigration laws in the run-up to the election.

GOP House Speaker Mike Johnson stated at a press conference, “He tried to convince us all for all this time that there was no way he could possibly fix the mess.”. “Keep in mind that he designed it. “.

Stephen Miller, a senior White House adviser who oversaw Trump’s most divisive immigration policies, and Tom Homan, a former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Trump administration, claimed in a call set up by the Trump campaign that Biden’s order would effectively legalize illegal immigration and allow 2,500 people to enter the country every day. S.

Homan asserted, “They’re only doing this because of the election.”. “They have three and a half years to act, but they haven’t done anything. “.

Legislation would have been more beneficial, but “Republican intransigence has forced the president’s hand,” according to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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