WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Dozens of pro-immigrant teams criticized President Joe Biden’s asylum insurance policies on Friday, saying continued expulsions of migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border and different deterrent measures have been “merciless, illegal and ineffective.”
In a letter to Biden and his prime immigration officers, greater than 80 organizations urged the Democratic president to revive the flexibility of all migrants to say asylum in the USA and eschew any new insurance policies that restrict asylum entry.
Promising a extra humane immigration method, Biden has reversed most of the restrictive immigration insurance policies of his Republican predecessor, former President Donald Trump. However the Democratic president has saved one among Trump’s most limiting measures which permits U.S. authorities to expel migrants caught crossing the southern border again to Mexico.
The teams urged Biden to not undertake any insurance policies that power migrants to attend in Mexico for the decision of their U.S. instances, which they mentioned “would unquestionably put people at risk and violate U.S. asylum legislation.”
Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas mentioned on Thursday that the USA would expand an online asylum registration system within the hopes migrants will apply remotely, including that extra modifications can be introduced within the coming days.
Mayorkas didn’t say which asylum seekers can be eligible to make use of the net system.
Final week, the Biden administration began flying some Central American and Mexican migrants caught on the U.S.-Mexico border to southern Mexico in an effort to discourage crossers.
Within the letter to Biden, the teams mentioned they have been “gravely involved” in regards to the flights to southern Mexico and experiences that migrants have been then bused to a distant a part of Guatemala.
Marielena Hincapié, govt director of the Los Angeles-based Nationwide Immigration Legislation Middle, which signed the letter, mentioned the flights signaled the Biden administration was taking a extra restrictive stance.
She mentioned it seems Biden is focusing solely on arrests and deportation and never on the rights of the asylum seekers as his guarantees of a extra humane method implied. “That completely contradicts what the Biden administration mentioned they have been going to do,” she mentioned.
Reporting by Ted Hesson in Washington; Enhancing by Ross Colvin and Cynthia Osterman
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