United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi railed against the U.S. for sticking to its Title 42 standard and asked that the country instead open its borders to asylum seekers. Title 42 is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directive that was enforced in March 2020, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
“I appeal to the government of the United States to swiftly lift the public health-related asylum restrictions that remain in effect at the border and to restore access to asylum for the people whose lives depend on it,” Grandi said in a statement Thursday. He claimed it would be “in line with international legal and human rights obligations.”
Hundreds of thousands of migrants requesting asylum at the southern border have been turned away because of the directive. As a result, crime increased in Mexican border towns.
“A system which allows a small number of asylum seekers to be admitted daily, however, carries with it a number of risks,” Grandi said. “and is not an adequate response. There is an urgent need to take further steps to provide access at ports of entry which remain closed to most asylum-seekers owing to the Title 42 public health order.” He even called the strategy “morally reprehensible” in a tweet.
Grandi seems to think that otherwise, illegal crossings will increase. “I encourage the US administration to continue its work to strengthen its asylum system and diversify safe pathways so asylum-seekers are not forced to resort to dangerous crossings facilitated by smugglers.”
Since the directive is by the CDC, it will be up to the CDC to halt the order. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has said time and time again that he cannot make any changes to the public health order.
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Report: Deportations Dropped By 90% Under President Biden
Deportations of illegal immigrants have dropped by 90% under President Biden, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
“Immigration enforcement, as measured by the number of aliens removed from the country, has collapsed to the lowest level since the mid-1990s, according to ICE deportation records the Center has obtained. Under policies imposed by the Biden administration, removals dropped by 80 percent since last year’s low point during the pandemic lockdown, and by 90 percent since 2019, the last normal year for ICE operations,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, said in the report.
The report explained that, “Under Biden Policies, ICE Removals Have Plummeted to a Fraction of Normal Levels. On his first day of office (January 20, 2021), President Biden issued a directive halting virtually all deportations for 100 days and greatly restricting immigration enforcement activity. Following a lawsuit by Texas asserting grave fiscal and public safety harm to its citizens from a near-suspension of federal immigration enforcement, within two weeks federal judge Drew Tipton halted the deportation freeze and later enjoined it indefinitely pending further legal action.”
“The restrictions on other enforcement actions have remained in place with some minor modifications, meaning that, in effect, ICE has been limited to removing known or suspected terrorists, aliens convicted of very serious crimes (mostly those defined as ‘aggravated felons’), and recent illegal arrivals,” the report added.
“The number of aliens removed who had serious criminal convictions also has declined by over 50 percent from 2020 and by 65 percent since 2019,” the report observed.
The Biden administration’s restrictions on ICE have resulted in the highest levels of illegal immigration on record as the agency has been “functionally abolished.”
The Washington Post reported, “ICE under President Biden is an agency on probation. The new administration has rejected calls from some Democrats to eliminate the agency entirely, but Biden has placed ICE deportation officers on a leash so tight that some say their work is being functionally abolished.”
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