Status: 05.01.2023 6:15 pm
With a visit to the border with Mexico, US President Biden wants to address the politically sensitive issue of migration. A little while ago, the government announced new measures against illegal immigration.
Ahead of US President Joe Biden’s visit to the southern border, the US government is implementing new measures against illegal immigration from Mexico. From now on, up to 30,000 migrants a month from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua will be allowed to enter the United States legally if they meet certain requirements — and be allowed to live and work there for two years. This has been announced by high-level employees of the US government.
Meanwhile, immigrants entering the United States through other routes through Panama and Mexico are subject to deportation. Mexico has agreed to accept 30,000 people from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Haiti and Cuba.
Biden’s first trip to the border
Biden is scheduled to visit the Texas border city of El Paso next Sunday. This will be his first trip to the border after taking office. Biden said he hopes to see “what happens (at the border).” He also wanted to comment on the issue of border security.
His government has been repeatedly criticized for the large number of immigrants entering the United States illegally through Mexico. There is a tense situation especially at the border.
8000 people per day in December
In December, an average of 8,000 people crossed the US southern border per day, senior government officials said. The government hopes the introduction of the new measures will significantly reduce the number of migrants trying to cross the border irregularly.
It said anyone with a sponsor in the US who passes the relevant background checks can apply for an entry permit online and travel to the US by air. Such a program for migrants from Venezuela has significantly reduced the number of Venezuelans crossing the border irregularly, government officials said.
The Biden administration has thus far appeared to avoid the complex issue of illegal immigration, which has presented intractable problems for many presidents. Republicans accuse Biden of laxity on immigration policy and securing the border with Mexico. Still others consider his policies too harsh.
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