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Biden takes action on the border before visiting El Paso on Sunday

(CNN) — US President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he would expand a program to accept 30,000 migrants a month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, as well as as many migrants from those countries as possible. Take out plans that evade US laws. His government is facing a wave of migrants along the southern border.

The White House also unveiled plans for Biden to visit the southern US border on Sunday, stopping in El Paso, Texas, to meet with local officials and address issues of border security. This is his first stop at the border after taking charge.

In Thursday White House remarks, Biden renewed calls for Congress to pass immigration reform, arguing that their powers are limited and new laws are needed to address the growing crisis.

National Guard agents guard the banks of the Rio Grande River on December 28, 2022 at the border between El Paso, Texas State, United States and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico. Credit: Herica Martinez/AFP via Getty Images.

The announcements and the border trip represent an increase in the president’s attention to an issue that is becoming a political liability for Biden. He has been consistently criticized by Republicans and even some border district Democrats for failing to address the record levels of border crossings.

This is Biden’s first trip to Mexico as president, where he will discuss immigration issues with the country’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador. The Joe Biden administration is relying on Mexico and other countries in the Western Hemisphere to provide temporary protection for migrants fleeing their countries of origin.

Biden will come to the center of the situation on Sunday in Texas. El Paso began seeing record levels of migrant arrivals a few weeks ago, when concerns over the scheduled end of the Trump administration’s pandemic public health rule known as Title 42 prompted thousands of migrants to turn themselves in to police border officers or illegally inspired to cross. US border in a very short time.

Title 42 allows immigration officials to quickly return certain migrants to Mexico. The policy was supposed to be scrapped last month, but a Supreme Court ruling upheld the measure while legal challenges played out in the courts.

The announcements Biden made on Thursday reflect the administration’s effort to prepare for the end of Title 42, while simultaneously implementing programs to manage the surge of immigrants, to coincide with the measure’s early end.

The administration will now accept 30,000 migrants a month from Nicaragua, Cuba, Haiti and Venezuela under a humanitarian parole program targeting those nationalities. Those who do not come to the US under that program can be deported to Mexico under Title 42.

Officials indicated they would deport up to 30,000 migrants per month back to Mexico who avoid legal procedures.

Immigrants from those countries who want to come to the United States must apply from their home countries before traveling to the United States, including through a phone app. They must have a US sponsor, and can travel by plane if approved.

Hundreds of migrants are processed by the US Border Patrol under the Stanton Street Bridge after they entered the US illegally on December 22, 2022 in El Paso, Texas. Credit: Allison Dinner / AFP via Getty Images

Government officials previously blamed the policy for a drop in Venezuelan border crossings, after the parole program for Venezuelans was implemented late last year. For months, officials considered expanding the program to other nationalities to try to manage the flow of migrants to the United States’ southern border, culminating in Thursday’s announcement.

Officials say the ads are intended to send the message to immigrants that they must apply to enter the United States before leaving their home countries, and that bypassing the process will result in removal.

In addition, Biden plans to announce new humanitarian aid for Mexico and Central America.

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The Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department are also expected to announce a new rule that could prevent migrants from applying for asylum at the southern US border if they pass through another country on their journey. The regulation has been described by the administration as a way to encourage migrants to find “orderly and legal routes of migration” and to reduce border congestion.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is expected to share details about the administration’s initiative later Thursday.

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