To stop that, Joe Biden’s government will consider a “more humane” version of Donald Trump’s immigration policies, which the current president initially criticized, according to the New York Times.
The newspaper reported that a Supreme Court ruling last month that revived ‘stay in Mexico’, a cornerstone of Trump’s controversial immigration policy (2017-2021), was met with more than dismay: It brought some relief.
What looked like a major defeat for President Biden, who condemned and suspended a policy of forcing asylum seekers to remain in Mexico on his first day in office, is now seen by his administration officials as a potential lifeline to stem the crisis.
According to them, prior to this court ruling, Biden’s provisions to ease immigration restrictions favored the arrival of large numbers of people heading north, bypassing the country’s southwestern border.
This desire to reverse Trump’s policies and do so quickly put the Biden administration in this predicament, which was not unexpected and deeply distressing, said Alan Persin, who was the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner under President Barack Obama (2009-2017). .
Staying in Mexico, Trump has forced thousands of asylum seekers to wait in camps in the neighboring country – where there have been reports of kidnappings, extortion and other serious abuses – while US courts assess their asylum claims.
After Biden suspended this, Texas and Missouri sued the Democratic administration, arguing that the influx of people “imposed severe and persistent burdens” on the states.
The Supreme Court refused to block a lower court ruling, which called for the program to be reinstated, forcing the Biden government to comply with it as appeal proceedings unfold.
That is why they speak of “backtracking” by reviving Trump’s policy in a “limited” way to deter immigration and doing so with a “more humane version.”
Customs and Border Protection detained more than 176,000 people illegally between July 1 and July 28, the largest number of arrests in that month since 2000.
At the current rate, the total border concerns for the fiscal year ending September 30, will be the highest since that year, when US authorities intercepted nearly 1.7 million immigrants.
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