Biden begins dismantling Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy

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Under the Trump administration, Central American migrants trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico were made to "Remain in Mexico"-Trump's name for the Migrant Protection Protocols program, set up in January 2019-while they awaited a hearing on their asylum cases".

"As President Biden has made clear, the US government is committed to rebuilding a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system", Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.

Republicans embracing Trump's hardline immigration views have criticized the ending of MPP and could use it as fuel for political attacks if illegal border crossings increase on Biden's watch.

Cruz said on Friday that the U.S. was facing a "humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border", and warned that the influx of migrants could bring in new cases of the deadly coronavirus strain.

"As President Biden has made clear, the US government is committed to rebuilding a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system", Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas" said in the ABC7 News report. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador welcomed Biden's changes, saying at a news conference Friday that it would be "good" for the host them instead while their cases wind through the system.

The officials, all of whom requested anonymity, only outlined procedures for people with active cases in United States immigration courts.

In his letter, the President said Mr Trump's declaration of a national emergency had been "unwarranted" and that he had directed that "no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall".

Under the plan, migrants will need to register with worldwide organizations over the internet or by phone and await instructions. One of the organizations will also handle coronavirus testing in Mexico, another official said.

Asylum-seekers will be tested for COVID-19 before entering the US. They plan to start slowly with two border crossings each processing up to 300 people a day and a third crossing taking fewer.

President Joe Biden's administration declined to publicly identify the three crossings out of fear it may encourage a rush of people, but U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, said officials told him that they are Brownsville and El Paso in Texas, and San Diego's San Ysidro crossing.

Homeland Security said the move "should not be interpreted as an opening for people to migrate irregularly to the United States".

Even while Biden moves to end one Trump program, he faces growing pressure from advocates to end another known as Title 42.

United States immigration services have seen a rise in the number of new arrivals in recent weeks, while the latest migrant caravan of up to 9,000 people marching from Honduras is yet to reach the southern border. More than 400,000 migrants have been expelled under the measure since it became effective in March 2020, although many of those caught are repeat border crossers and therefore counted multiple times.

It was not Biden's first interaction with Xi; the two met when Biden was vice president in the 2009-2017 administration of Barack Obama.

The effort to process MPP enrollees comes as arrests of migrants at the US-Mexico border have been increasing after a steep drop at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.



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