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Biden had instructed the Department of Homeland Security earlier this month to take action to end the controversial "Remain in Mexico" program put in place by his predecessor, Trump.

"Beginning on February 19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin phase one of a program to restore safe and orderly processing at the southwest border", the agency announced in a statement.

Tens of thousands of non-Mexican asylum seekers, a lot of them from Central America, were returned under the program to the borders awaiting a study of their asylum applications, which caused a humanitarian crisis in the region exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Currently, nearly 35,000 asylum applications are being processed. The move was made to dismantle Trump's most significant policy to prevent asylum seekers into the country.

He called on US-based immigrants to avoid attempts to cross the US-Mexican border illegally, and now there is a new US administration.

"The recent measures are a new stage in our commitment to reform immigration policies that are inconsistent with our nation's values", he said in a statement.

"Almost everyone has built parts of their wall, and now President Biden has decided not to build a wall on the border anymore".

Trump withdrew the United States from the World Health Organization and the Paris climate accord and largely scoffed at multilateral organizations and groups.

The Biden administration also announced today that the USA government will begin processing asylum cases next week in Mexico that are forced to wait as part of a controversial plan established by Trump.

Washington said Friday that those waiting "should not approach the border until instructed to do so".

In Mexico, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador welcomed Biden's actions during a press briefing. The White House stated that Biden would also suggest the need for making investments to enlighten the collective competitiveness and the necessity of updating global rules to resolve the challenges imposed by China.

The Biden administration estimated that some 25,000 migrants enrolled in the MPP continue to have active cases. The DHS also warned migrants that the announcement should not be interpreted "as an opening for people to migrate irregularly" to the U.S.

"With this news our miracle is on the verge of becoming reality", said Nicol Bueso, a 19-year-old Honduran who has been living in a shelter in Ciudad Juarez on the U.S. border for a year and a half.



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