USA to reopen southern borders to asylum seekers Feb 19 - DHS

Monday, 15 Feb, 2021

Former President Donald Trump nevertheless returned over 71,000 asylum seekers to Mexico in the last two years of his term as part of the "Remain in Mexico" program, or the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).

The new guidelines will require migrants to register online or via phone, be tested for the coronavirus in Mexico and then come to a US port of entry on a specific day.

"I am very happy because in all this time we have been here waiting we have had many unpleasant experiences", she said.

"Honestly, I have no words for how I'm feeling right now!"

The increases could test the Biden administration's ability to fully roll back Trump-era restrictions at the border going forward.

Top Biden officials have stressed in recent weeks that migrants should not attempt to enter the United States, saying they need time to build up the capacity to process more asylum seekers.

WASHINGTON-President Biden will participate in a virtual meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized nations on Friday, the White House said, joining a forum for leaders of member countries to discuss plans to defeat the coronavirus pandemic as death counts rise and the global economy remains sluggish.

"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 United States border for a year and a half.

"We think it's good that they don't build any more walls", said Lopez Obrador, noting that several past USA presidents have extended border barriers during their terms.

Now, the Biden administration has announced it will start relieving the backlog starting February 19, with the Department of Homeland Security allowing about 300 people with active cases into the United States daily. But the policy also exposed people to violence in Mexican border cities and made it extremely hard for them to find lawyers and communicate with courts about their cases.

"The border is not wide open", he said. Under the plan, migrants will need to register with worldwide organisations over the Internet or by phone and await instructions. According to the the Wall Street Journal, Biden health officials are "expected to move quickly to end work requirements in Medicaid. because doing so could moot" the Supreme Court case. They plan to start slowly, with two border crossings each processing up to 300 people a day and a third crossing taking fewer numbers. The effort will expand to additional ports over time. Even before his election, Mr Biden said he would rally democracies to confront China, while Beijing revealed previous year that it had set its sights on military modernisation, to level up with the U.S., by 2027.

"President Joe Biden's administration declined to publicly identify the three crossings out of fear it may encourage a rush of people", the Associated Press reported.

Biden brought the United States back into the World Health Organization and rejoined the Paris accord and has signaled a desire to work with allies in confronting China on a host of thorny issues.

But it has still not stopped tens of thousands of people attempting to illegally cross the border.

In their bid to create a "humane and moral system" the Biden administration has created a humanitarian disaster.