President-elect Joe Biden’s newly elected administration on Tuesday warned that any transitional changes to the immigration system would not happen overnight, trying to defuse expectations that one party Democrats in the White House will quickly unravel the tough and chaotic multi-year policies of the Trump administration.
However, transition officials discussed a plan to change procedures for asylum seekers on the southern border. The upcoming administration says it wants to identify the most vulnerable immigrants and process their claims first – rather than on a first-come, first-served basis.
Transition officials said in a call with reporters the change was part of the Biden group’s plan to fully reconsider the asylum handling.
“The goal is to change the way people are welcome on the border, to make the process more efficient, fairer, more humane,” said a Biden transition official. “This means enabling asylum-seeking officials to adjudicate requests so that asylum seekers are not bound by court proceedings for many years.”
The Trump administration’s severe restrictions on immigrants – and all the policy, personnel, and logistical changes that come with that – mean the system will need to be repositioned. be careful, a Biden transition official said.
“It’s really a huge challenge because the current administration has broken so many things,” said a transitional official.
The Trump administration issued an order, quoting pandemicThat effectively prevents most immigrants from accessing the US immigration system. Before the pandemic, border guards will regulate the number of immigrants allowed into the United States at official border gates to apply for asylum, a process known as queue management or “metering.”
A Biden transitional official said the administration intends to end the measurement, starting under the Obama administration, as it artificially limits capacity, reducing the nation’s access to the country’s immigration system. and prevent immigrants from seeking protection in America. In October, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security report found that authorities in the United States rejected asylum seekers at official border crossings telling immigrants that they did not have the space to handle them, regardless of whether they actually did. or not.
Their plans differ from metrics because the aim is to increase border disposal and prioritize those in need of protection the most, a Biden transition official said. The most vulnerable immigrants will be identified with the help of NGOs in the field.
“Right now people are sleeping outside the immigration gate to maintain a queue and that’s when we’re having a public health crisis. It’s a terrible situation,” said a Biden transitional official. a Biden transition official said. to ensure that we are cooperating and effectively handling the individuals waiting at the port. “
The conversation with reporters came the day after Susan Rice, who Biden chose to lead the Homeland Policy Council and Jake Sullivan, whom he chose as national security adviser, told the news agency. Spain. EFE that it will take months to fully restore the asylum process at the border.
“Border handling is not like a light that you can turn on and off,” Rice told EFE. “Migrants and asylum seekers should absolutely not believe people in the area for sale the idea that the border will suddenly be fully open to everyone on Day 1. That won’t happen.” out.”
Rice said the Biden administration will address the root causes of migration, by working with civil society, the private sector, government and international partners. The administration said it hopes to implement a four-year, $ 4 billion plan to tackle corruption, enhance security and promote prosperity in areas where people are fleeing.
Rice told EFE: “We know that most people will not choose to leave their home country and risk their own lives and their families unless the home conditions may be more dangerous than migration.
Another plan is to expand legal migration routes to allow people to apply for refugee resettlement, temporary work, and other job-based programs from within the Western Hemisphere, including in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Sullivan said the Biden administration will not immediately end Trump’s Immigrant Protection Protocols (MPP), forcing immigrants to wait in Mexico while their US immigration cases are reimbursed. socks. This plan will end soon during Biden’s management.
“The MPP was a disaster in the first place and has led to a humanitarian crisis in northern Mexico. But putting the new policy into practice will take a long time,” said Sullivan. “The current administration has removed much of the capacity needed to ensure an orderly and safe handling of migrants. We need time to increase processing capacity and do so in line with requirements. public health. “