Biden announces immigration program, will deport those who don’t use it
President Biden announced his administration is expanding an asylum program for immigrants from Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Haiti. Effective immediately, Citizens from those countries who cross illegally or arrive at a port of entry unannounced will be deported to Mexico which has agreed to accept returns of 30,000 people per month.
Under the program, the United States will welcome 30,000 individuals per month who will be allowed to live and work in the United States for two years. But if they try to cross illegally they will not be eligible for the new legal pathway.
Migrants will have to apply through a cellphone app called CBP 1 and then make an appointment for a meeting at a port of entry. To be approved, applicants will need to pass a security screening, have a financial sponsor in the US, and complete vaccinations and other health requirements.
Biden: “If you’re trying to leave Cuba, Nicaragua or Haiti, or have agreed to begin a journey to America, do not, do not just show up at the border. Stay where you are and apply legally from there,”
This announcement comes as Mayors and Governors across the country who are dealing with the immigrant influx at the local level are asking for more help from the federal government. That includes the Mayor of El Paso, Texas who has immigrants sleeping his the streets, and New York City Mayor Eric Adams who has accepted bus loads of immigrants but says his resources are being strained.
The President pointed his finger at Republicans, and says Congress needs to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Biden “It’s clear that immigration is a political issue that extreme Republicans are always going to run on. But now they have a choice, they can keep using immigration to try to score political points or they can help solve the problem,”
The President will make his first trip to the border this Sunday, when he goes to El Paso. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan