Friday, April 12, 2024

The Biden Administration Takes Control of the U.S. Border Since Congress is Absent on Immigration Reform

Since Congress hasn’t passed any significant legislation on immigration, the Biden Administration is about to change the way migration is handled at the border.

The Administration will stop using Title 42, the policy that was put in place during the pandemic, and will go back to using Title 8. The law is the nation’s immigration law.

However, no sort of legislation or solution is expected to come from the current Congress. That is beyond legislation on border enforcement that is meant to address a reality from a decade ago.

“Congress makes the laws, and they deserve some of the blame here. I don’t expect much from them at this point based on what we’ve seen for the last two decades,” lamented David Bier, The Associate Director of Immigration Studies at the Cato Institute, a think tank.

President Joe has also been utilizing other tools, which include setting up processing centers in Guatemala and Colombia where people can apply for asylum before they make their way to the border.

The Administration also is requiring people use a computer app to make appointments to request entry. It has been utilizing a system with U.S. sponsors and it has been focusing on reuniting families, providing humanitarian parole to some fleeing Haiti and Latin America, and forging agreements with countries such as Mexico.

“They are relying a little more on processing or allowing people to apply for some form of asylum or humanitarian parole before people get to the border. The past administration wouldn’t have done that. It would have just tried to prevent asylum.” said Theresa Cardinal Brown, A Senior Adviser For Immigration and Border Policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank.

NBC News