Answered Prayer on the Border
After working on the border wall earlier this year, Biden is once again working to secure our border. This is progress!
From New York Daily News. President Biden’s administration quietly announced on Wednesday that Venezuelans who enter the U.S. illegally will be “returned” to Mexico and that those seeking asylum must secure a sponsor, undergo a public safety screening and fulfill certain, as yet unspecified vaccination requirements, according to a statement put out by the Department of Homeland Security.
The policy is coming after New York City has buckled for months under the strain of migrants — many of them Venezuelans — streaming into the five boroughs in search of refuge. …
Biden’s new policy — pieces of which were posted with little fanfare on the Department of Homeland Security’s website Wednesday — is similar to former President Donald Trump’s in that it allows for migrants to be sent back to Mexico if they enter the U.S. illegally.
Two areas where the policy differs from Trump’s are the provision that asylum seekers must secure sponsorship in the form of someone providing financial support in the U.S. and a clearer path to legal residency. The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a message.
According to DHS, the new policy seeks to establish a safer and more orderly process for people fleeing Venezuela and ease the pressure on cities like New York that have been taking in the migrants.
“These actions make clear that there is a lawful and orderly way for Venezuelans to enter the United States, and lawful entry is the only way,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas in a written statement. “Those who attempt to cross the southern border of the United States illegally will be returned to Mexico and will be ineligible for this process in the future. Those who follow the lawful process will have the opportunity to travel safely to the United States and become eligible to work here.”
The new program will also establish new migration checkpoints along the southwestern border, target human smuggling rings, and create a new process to lawfully allow up to 24,000 “qualifying” Venezuelans into the U.S.
Migrants who’ve been ordered removed from the U.S. in the last five years or who have crossed the border illegally after Oct. 12 will be ineligible to remain in the U.S. People who are permanent residents or dual nationals of countries other than Venezuela or who hold refugee status in a country other than the U.S. would also be subject to deportation.
“Venezuelans should not travel to Mexico to pursue entry into the United States,” according to DHS. …
Republicans were declaring victory over the announcement Thursday morning …
City Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) suggested the news validated Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s controversial practice of bussing migrants to New York — a policy Adams has criticized repeatedly for Abbott’s failure to coordinate with him. …
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(Excerpt from New York Daily News. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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