Biden Administration Ready to Defend Sweeping Asylum Policy at U.S.-Mexico Border

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Updated Monday, June 10, 2024 at 11:05 AM CDT

Biden Administration Ready to Defend Sweeping Asylum Policy at U.S.-Mexico Border

The Biden administration is prepared to defend its sweeping asylum policy at the U.S.-Mexico border, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. President Joe Biden signed an executive order that generally bars migrants who illegally cross the southern border from claiming asylum. Under this policy, authorities can quickly deport or send migrants back to Mexico if the daily number of crossings exceeds 2,500.

Exceptions to the asylum ban include unaccompanied minors, individuals facing serious medical or safety threats, and victims of trafficking. Mayorkas emphasized the administration's commitment to the legality and humanitarian values of the policy, stating, "We stand by the legality of what we have done. We stand by the value proposition." He also highlighted the obligation to keep vulnerable people out of the hands of exploitative smugglers.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced plans to sue the administration over the policy. Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, is expected to lead the lawsuit.

Since taking office in 2021, Biden has grappled with record levels of migrants caught crossing the border illegally, despite his vow to reverse some of former President Donald Trump's restrictive policies. Initial indications suggest the new policy is deterring some illegal immigration. A U.S. border official told Reuters that authorities arrested around 3,100 people crossing illegally on Friday, a figure down roughly 20% from the days before.

Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has installed razor wire fencing along the Rio Grande. However, Abbott's state law to enforce illegal crossings into Texas has been blocked by a judge.

The next presidential election is on November 5, and immigration remains a pivotal issue. The Biden administration's stance and the forthcoming legal challenges will undoubtedly play a significant role in shaping the political discourse leading up to the election.

Conservative Bias:

The Biden administration is once again showing its utter incompetence and disregard for American sovereignty with this so-called "asylum policy." This administration, led by a president who has no idea how to secure our borders, is allowing illegal migrants to flood into our country unchecked. Despite their empty promises, they are putting American lives at risk and straining our resources. And who are they kidding with these exceptions for unaccompanied minors and alleged victims of trafficking? It's just a loophole to let more illegals in! The ACLU, ever the enabler of lawlessness, is predictably gearing up to sue, because heaven forbid we actually enforce our own laws. Meanwhile, Governor Abbott is doing the real work by installing razor wire fencing, trying to protect Texans from this onslaught. But of course, the liberal judges are blocking his efforts. This is a complete disaster brought to you by liberal policies and their open-borders agenda. November 5 can't come soon enough to put an end to this madness!

Liberal Bias:

Once again, the Biden administration is showing its true colors by adopting a draconian asylum policy that mirrors the cruelty of the Trump era. This administration, which promised to be a beacon of compassion and humanity, is now turning its back on desperate migrants fleeing violence and persecution. By imposing an arbitrary cap and fast-tracking deportations, they are playing right into the hands of xenophobic fearmongers. Exceptions for unaccompanied minors and trafficking victims? Please, that's just window dressing to mask the inhumanity of this policy. The ACLU is right to challenge this in court; it's a blatant violation of human rights. Governor Abbott's installation of razor wire fencing is another grotesque display of cruelty, and the fact that a judge had to step in shows just how far off the rails we've gone. This administration is failing to uphold the values it promised, and it's a betrayal to all who believed in a more just and humane immigration system. We must hold them accountable as the election approaches on November 5.

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