On Tuesday, the Biden Administration announced a new proposal that will block people looking to claim asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. The proposal is the administrations strictest policy to date to hinder unauthorized crossings and echoes Trump-era immigration policies. The rule presumes “that migrants are ineligible for asylum if they entered the U.S. unlawfully.” Another features includes a fast-track deportation process known as “expedited removal.” If migrants come to the border without scheduling an appointment would be at risk of rapid deportation.
According to Rolling Stone:
The measure has been opened for 30 days of public comment before being reviewed for final publication. The policy would take effect May 11 in “anticipation of a potential surge of migration at the southwest border” following the expiration of Title 42, the rule implemented during the Trump administration that used the pandemic as justification to deport asylum seekers without a hearing. The new policy would then remain for two years.
Although President Joe Biden campaigned on promises to erase the imprint Donald Trump left on the U.S. immigration system, many say that they have yet to see any real change.
Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the ACLU, which sued the Trump administration over Title 42, was hopeful that, when the new administration came in, the ACLU might be able to drop their lawsuit against the government.
“We expected the Biden administration to get rid of the worst of the Trump-era asylum practices, the most extreme of which was the Title 42 policy,” Gelernt told Rolling Stone the year Biden was sworn in. But after six months of negotiations with the Biden administration, it became clear they weren’t getting anywhere. And in 2021, when a federal court told the government it must suspend the Trump-era policy, Biden administration lawyers vowed to appeal the decision.
Jane Bentrott, counsel at Justice Action Center, an immigrant rights nonprofit, recently told the New York times, “The Biden Administration’s proposed rule would send asylum seekers back to danger, separate families, and cost lives, as human rights advocates have been asserting for weeks.”
“It is in direct contravention of President Biden’s campaign promises to reverse Trump’s racist, xenophobic immigration policies, and give all folks seeking safety a fair shot at asylum,” she added.