Breaking Thursday, the Biden administration announced a new policy of turning away migrants who cross the border illegally; specifically, Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans.
To begin “immediately” the administration is attempting to stop Venezuelans entering the U.S. illegally. The administration will now “accept 30,000 people per month from the four nations for two years and offer the ability to legally work, as long as they come legally, have eligible sponsors and pass vetting and background checks.”
Migrants from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua are the nations for “whom migrant border crossings have risen most sharply, with no easy way to quickly return migrants to their home countries” reports the Associated Press.
The Biden administration has failed to secure the border and manage record-breaking numbers of immigrants crossing the border illegally.
The Associated Press notes of the new policy:
The new policy could result in 360,000 people from these four nations lawfully entering the U.S. in a year. But currently, far more people from those countries are attempting to cross into the U.S. on foot. Migrants from those four countries were stopped 82,286 times in November alone.
The Biden administration has struggled to manage increasing numbers of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and has been reluctant to take hard-line measures that would resemble those of the Trump administration. That’s resulted in a barrage of criticism from Republicans who say the Democratic president is ineffective on border security.
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The United Nations (UN) made the stark declaration that the U.S.-Mexico border is the “deadliest” land route for migrants in the world. The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) revealed Tuesday it has documented the deaths or disappearances of roughly 700 migrants near the U.S. border with Mexico in 2022. The 686 total migrants dead or missing in the area make the Mexican frontier the deadliest migrant land route worldwide.
The IOM recorded 1,457 migrant deaths or disappearances in all of the Americas in 2022, meaning the border itself appears to be the site of nearly half of all migrant deaths or disappearances in the New World, reports Just The News.
“These alarming figures are a stark reminder of the need for decisive action by States. Enhancing data collection is crucial. Ultimately, what is needed is for countries to act on the data to ensure safe, regular migration routes are accessible,” said IOM Regional Director for Regional Director for Central and North America and the Caribbean Michele Klein Solomon.
Roughly half of the disappearances or deaths were connected to attempts to cross either the Sonoran or Chihuahuan Deserts, which span the borders of both nations. More than 6 million migrants have illegally entered in the United States since President Joe Biden took office. The White House and Democratic leadership has come under severe scrutiny for its lax border policies and dangerous rhetoric giving the impression that our borders are open.
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