Biden Finally Tightens Down On Southern Border?

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( On Tuesday the Biden administration announced its newest restrictions for migrants who apply for asylum after reaching the U.S. border.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be implementing a rule, which would limit the number of migrants who could seek asylum protection from the U.S. if they have not previously requested asylum from one of the other countries they traveled through before reaching the U.S. border. This rule is the latest initiative by the Biden administration to try and limit migration. Previously the administration also rolled out another immigration initiative that would provide asylum seekers with U.S.-based sponsors the chance to apply for immigration parole while in their home country or in certain transit countries. Once approved those with immigration parole would be allowed to enter the U.S. directly.

Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), top Democrats on the Judiciary Committee released a joint statement in which they claim that asylum protected under federal law and that the administration should be looking for ways to expand the possible pathways for gaining entry into the U.S. legally, rather than blocking certain avenues. They added that last month’s initiatives made it clear how adding new legal pathways to entry could really help curb migration. They further called on the administration to reconsider this rule.

Immigrant rights advocates have also criticized this rule, and have compared it to the transit ban proposed during the Trump administration. Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) has criticized the rule stating that it would block those “deserving asylum seekers” from gaining entry into the U.S.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on the other hand has dismissed those who have compared this rule to the Trump administration’s transit ban, saying that the two are different as the Biden administration has created alternative migration pathways that can be used.

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