Biden administration to allow 25000 asylum-seekers into U.S.
Feb 15 2021
Friday they announced an estimated 25,000 asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico for their next immigration court hearings will be allowed into the United States while their cases proceed.
The officials said "phase one" of the new admission program will start at three ports of entry and involve identifying and processing now active MPP cases of asylum seekers who have been designated to wait for their U.S.
Biden is quickly making good on a campaign promise to end the policy which the Trump Administration said was critical to reversing a surge of asylum seekers that peaked in 2019.
DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas, who is the first Latino and the first immigrant to head the department, said that Washington is committed to "rebuilding a safe, orderly and humane immigration system". Administration officials have said repeatedly that the vast majority of people who cross the border illegally are quickly expelled under a public health order in place since the pandemic struck in March, but releases of some asylum seeking families in Texas and California has worked against that messaging.
The officials, all of whom requested anonymity, only outlined procedures for people with active cases in USA immigration courts. It also remains unclear how migrants will be tracked once they are admitted back into the U.S. Those with non-active cases, many of whom may have returned to their home countries, "will have other opportunities", one of the officials said.
Biden officials declined to identify the organizations on Thursday.
USA authorities emphasized that they are working closely with the Mexican government and with worldwide organizations and NGOs at the border.
Officials estimated that about 300 people could be processed per day at each port of entry once the admission program is up and running. Xi maintained a hardline tone regarding Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan, telling Biden that they were matters of "sovereignty and territorial integrity" and that he hopes the USA will approach cautiously.
Criticism of that administration's softly-softly approach to Beijing has intensified in recent years, with USA companies increasingly frustrated by what they say is state-sponsored industrial espionage, and fears over a lopsided trade relationship.
Migrants entering the United States through the program will not be placed in detention centers, but could be subject to an alternative form of monitoring, including ankle bracelets.
All asylum seekers will be tested for coronavirus before entering the USA and many will stay in temporary housing, shelters or local hotels. At one point, she even admitted that there are certain parts of the border where Biden's policies are failing to catch migrants.
The congressman seized on reports that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had been forced to allow some migrants into the country as the rate of new arrivals increased and Mexico refused to direct those with children under 12 into already-overcrowded camps.