WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing bipartisan criticism of its approach to migrants, the Biden administration will only track migrants who have recently passed through the country without permission or are considered a threat to public safety, on Thursday. We have announced a new rule that requires it.
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- The Biden administration has expelled nearly 5,000 Haitians from across the US-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas.
- The Bureau of Immigration is prohibited from arresting and attempting to deport anyone in retaliation for exercising First Amendment rights.
- The new rules will come into effect from November 29.
The new guidelines replace provisional rules issued in February that were first blocked by federal judges in August as part of proceedings filed by Texas and Louisiana. They diverged from a more aggressive approach to immigration execution under former President Donald Trump. Donald Trump instructed officials to arrest anyone who was illegal in the country at the start of his presidency.
President Joe Biden has been accused by his allies of relying on public health officials during the Trump era, as well as of swiftly expelling immigrants he faced at the US-Mexico border enough to counter Republican criticism . For not doing so, he was released. Rapid increase in immigrants aiming to enter the country.
The Biden administration has expelled nearly 5,000 Haitians from across the US-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas, in recent weeks. On Thursday, the Federal Court of Appeals in Washington allowed the administration to continue evictions to families under public health authorizations known as Title 42. The Court of Appeal ordered a lower court to ban the eviction of family members hours before the ban came into force.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas told reporters that the new policy would not allow the United States to pursue everyone in the country without legal status, and many would say “years.”
Officials will be directed to focus on recently crossed non-citizens or non-citizens as defined after November 1, 2020, who have determined to be a threat to national security or “serious criminal activity”. .. Homeland Security includes the US Immigration and Customs Department and the Border Guard.
Unlike the provisional rules, criminal activity is not limited to what is legally known as a felony, but depends on “the whole of the facts and the situation,” Mallorcas said. According to the memo, any person involved or suspected of being involved in or involved in terrorism or espionage is considered a priority. The new rules will come into effect from November 29.
The Bureau of Immigration is prohibited from attempting to arrest and deport someone in retaliation for exercising First Amendment rights, such as participating in protest or union activities.
“We need our employees to exercise their judgment, the judgment of law enforcement agencies and seriously empower our workforce,” the secretary said. Rice field.
Proponents of stricter immigration law enforcement criticized the provisional guidelines, which have similar intent to the newly announced rules. Because they were considered a top-down approach, they eliminated low-level arrests that could provide clues and aid in the investigation of larger cases. It acts as a deterrent to illegal immigrants.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton said on Twitter that Biden “welcomes” immigrants who have crossed over and promised immigrants already in the country that they “may remain unaffected in the United States” under the new rules. .
Advocates for migrants, who in the past have called for an end to ICE and migrant detention altogether, welcomed the restrictions on enforcement, but considered the rapid detention and expulsion of thousands of Haitians in Del Rio. I am careful
“This policy will be good as a result,” said Mizante’s senior campaign organizer Jacinta Gonzalez. “If the number of detainees continues to rise and deportations continue, and if human rights abuses are still observed at the border, this policy makes no sense.”
A federal judge in Texas blocked the interim rules in August, ruling that the executive branch had no discretion to choose which immigrants to detain, but the Federal Court of Appeals issued guidelines during the proceedings. implemented. Is allowed.
Mallorcus said it doesn’t make sense to track an estimated 11 million people in a country without legal status, even if the United States has law enforcement capabilities.
“They contribute to the good of our country, and justice requires us to exercise our discretion,” he said. “The fact that individuals are removable noncitizens should not be the sole basis for enforcement action against them.”
The Trump administration has taken hundreds of steps to limit both legal and illegal immigrants. This included a zero-tolerance policy against border crossing, resulting in the forcible separation of thousands of families and requiring asylum seekers to await proceedings in Mexico.
After all, the deportation was more under President Barack Obama’s first term, which established enforcement priorities more similar to Biden’s than Trump’s. It was partly due to the lack of cooperation from many cities and states that leaders opposed Trump’s immigration policy.