The Biden administration this week modified immigration insurance policies to enable youngsters from Central American international locations to fly to the US on the taxpayers’ dime, and can enable migrants to search asylum in the event that they declare they’re the victims of violence or crime — actions that come amid the backdrop of a record-smashing surge of migrants arriving at the border.
The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department on Tuesday introduced that they’ve expanded the Obama-era Central American Minors program that permits youngsters below 21 from the Northern Triangle international locations of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador with pending asylum claims to fly to the US to be reunited with a member of the family.
It additionally provides to the variety of “qualifying individuals” — dad and mom and authorized guardians — who can petition for their youngsters to be introduced to the US whereas their claims are being processed, together with these with pending asylum claims or those that have non permanent protected standing.
The program, which the Trump administration resulted in 2017, would open one other pathway and considerably enhance the variety of little one migrants coming to the US.
“These new changes will dramatically expand access to the CAM program,” a statement signed by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated. “We are firmly committed to welcoming people to the United States with humanity and respect, as well as providing a legal alternative to irregular migration. We are delivering on our promise to promote safe, orderly, and humane migration from Central America through this expansion of legal pathways to seek humanitarian protection in the United States.”
About 40 p.c of the unaccompanied youngsters who crossed the border this 12 months got here to reunite with a dad or mum.
Under the expanded program, nearly all of them would qualify, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing administration officers.
“The Central American Minors program is a continuation of President Biden’s open borders policies to allow anyone in the world to come to the United States regardless of the effects on mass illegal immigration,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) instructed the newspaper.
On Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland vacated two rulings from the Trump administration about who qualifies for asylum, extending protections to ladies fleeing home violence or households threatened by gang violence.
“These decisions involve important questions about the meaning of our Nation’s asylum laws, which reflect America’s commitment to providing refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people,” Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta wrote in a memo to the nation’s immigration judges, NPR reported.
Garland stated immigration judges ought to ignore the rulings from former Attorneys General William Barr and Jeff Sessions and revert to earlier precedent.
In 2018, Sessions issued an order making it more troublesome for ladies to search asylum based mostly on claims of home violence, saying they weren’t a part of a “particular social group” who’re victims of persecution.
Barr in 2019 restricted whether or not household is taken into account a “particular social group.”
A former Trump administration official who served within the Justice Department blasted Garland for vacating the orders, saying “[t]he American people deserve better.”
“Today’s decision will lead to tens of thousands of meritless asylum claims — if not hundreds of thousands — in the months and years ahead,” Gene Hamilton, vp of America First Legal, a nonprofit regulation agency, stated in an announcement, according to Breitbart.
“This, of course, is part of a bigger plan under the Biden Administration that involves the Department of Homeland Security granting asylum en masse along the border to anyone who comes from a country with higher general crime rates than the United States,” Hamilton continued. “The American people deserve better.”