Awareness - June 6, 2024 - We Welcome

Awareness - June 6, 2024

President Biden announces new executive order that limits asylum

Under an executive order President Biden announced on Tuesday, the southwest U.S. border would close to migrants crossing between ports of entry when the number of such crossings reaches a 7-day average of 2,500 and would not reopen until the numbers dip below an average of 1,500 crossings per day for one week. Since that average has already been reached in the past week, the order went into effect just after midnight on Wednesday.

In addition to closing the border, border officials will stop implementing credible fear interviews for asylum claims and work to quickly expel foreign nationals who cross between ports of entry. Migrants expelled under the order will receive a minimum 5-year ban to re-entry and potentially face criminal prosecution. There will be limited exceptions for unaccompanied minors, victims of human trafficking, and individuals who have made asylum appointments through the CBP One app.

Migrant advocacy and civil rights groups have quickly spoken out against the order, stating that it mimics previous failed policies, denies individuals their human right to seek asylum, and puts many migrants at risk of violence while being forced to remain in Mexico while waiting for an asylum appointment. “Because border security is paramount, we need to get a better handle on managing the border, and that will require significant resources from Congress,” Jennie Murray, President and CEO of the National Immigration Forum said in a statement. “Long-term solutions require legislation, including funding the personnel and other resources a secure, compassionate border response requires. There’s a blueprint for such solutions, and new polling underscores huge support across the political and ideological spectrum for them. Ultimately, even if this proposed executive action succeeds in reducing border encounters in the short term, it’s only a Band-Aid without action from Congress.”