President Joe Biden spoke at length Thursday about expanding border security through Title 42, a policy he admitted he doesn’t like.
Biden’s White House address followed scrutiny by members of both sides of the partisan divide. This comes as a result of a massive influx of migrants over the past year and bus transport of migrants to liberal-minded states – some of which do not have the capacity to accommodate them or are concerned about the public safety implications, like New York mayors Eric Adams.
Title 42 was enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic as a Trump-era policy that allowed migrants to be returned to their home countries without a formal asylum process. After the Biden administration requested a delay in repealing the directive, the U.S. Supreme Court in December allowed it to remain in effect temporarily before ruling again later this year.
“I wanted to make sure I knew the outcome — at least the near outcome — in Title 42 before I go under,” Biden said when asked why his administration hasn’t addressed the border crisis more urgently since he began his presidency. We don’t have that yet, so I had to operate – I don’t like Title 42. But it’s the law now and I have to abide by it.
“It’s — my prediction is — it’s not — there’s nothing particularly revealing about that: Title 42 is going to go away, by my prediction, before the end of the year, in regards to the Supreme Court.”
Notable pronouncements Biden made include a new policy that will allow 30,000 migrants a month from Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua, but only if they apply legally through a new “parole” program. Biden said the program has had positive results in its early days with fewer border crossings.
“The way this parole program works: You have to have a legitimate sponsor here in the United States who agrees to sponsor you to get here,” Biden said. “Then that person has to go — undergo rigorous background checks and apply from outside the United States, and not illegally cross the border in the meantime.”
The program was first used in accordance with Venezuelan migrants. Biden said the number of Venezuelans attempting to enter the United States without a trial has fallen from about 1,100 a day to an average of less than 250 a day.
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it “continues to prepare for the end of Title 42.” It also announced new border regulations aimed at improving border security while creating “safe and orderly processes” for the fleeing countries beset by humanitarian crises.
A new app called CBP One has been launched alongside the probation program, allowing migrants to schedule meetings at ports of entry and facilitating a safe and orderly arrival.
“We can provide humanitarian assistance consistent with our values, take out malicious smuggling organizations and enforce our laws,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. “Individuals without a legal basis to remain in the United States will be promptly expelled or deported.”
Biden’s comments were met with some disapproval.
The Young Center, which campaigns for asylum for migrants and especially children, called the new Biden policy towards the four countries “unacceptable”. tweet.
Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey called Biden’s Title 42 expansion “an affront to restoring the rule of law to the border.”
“I am deeply concerned that instead of working with Congress to develop a solution to the multiple humanitarian crises fueling mass migration in our hemisphere, the administration is bypassing the immigration law, which will exacerbate the confusion and chaos at the southern border ‘ Menendez said. reported the Associated Press.
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