Biden introduces temporary restrictions on granting asylum to immigrants crossing the US border with Mexico

US President Joe Biden announced temporary measures to limit asylum for migrants who illegally cross the border with Mexico. These measures are designed to simplify the process of deportation of persons without legal grounds for staying in the country and will make it possible to more effectively manage migration flows.

Reasons and Goals

The decision comes amid a growing crisis on the southern border. In recent months, the United States has seen an unprecedented number of migrants seeking to enter the country. The number of apprehensions at the border has reached record levels, putting significant pressure on the immigration system, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Conditions and Exceptions

Temporary restrictions apply to those crossing the border illegally, but there are exceptions for vulnerable categories. These include children crossing the border unaccompanied by parents or guardians, victims of human trafficking, and people with serious health or safety problems. These exceptions are intended to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable, despite the tightening of general policies.

Migrants who register using the CBP One app remain eligible to apply for asylum. Those who try to cross the border without registering will be quickly deported or sent back to Mexico.

Conditions for the Introduction of Restrictions

The measures will be introduced if there are an average of more than 2,500 apprehensions per day at the border over the course of a week, and will be lifted when the number of apprehensions drops below 1,500 per day. This will allow us to respond flexibly to changes in migration flows and reduce pressure on the immigration system.

Political Reaction

Biden’s decision drew sharp criticism from Republicans and former President Donald Trump. Trump argues that such measures will not solve the problem of illegal migration and require a tougher approach. In turn, Biden supporters point to the need to create a fairer and more efficient immigration system.

These measures are also being considered in the context of the upcoming 2024 presidential elections. Biden is seeking to strengthen his position by demonstrating a commitment to tackling complex immigration issues and securing borders.

The temporary restrictions on asylum are part of the Biden administration’s broader strategy to manage migration flows and strengthen borders. At the same time, questions remain about the long-term effectiveness of these measures and their impact on the humanitarian principles that guide the United States.