The Joe Biden administration began limiting access to asylum at the US-Mexico border last Thursday, when a health rule allowing for the expulsion of nearly all migrants trying to enter the country was lifted.
On Thursday, May 11, the so-called Title 42 expired, a regulation activated during the pandemic that made it nearly impossible to request asylum, but the administration of a Democratic president, in anticipation of a surge in the number of migrant arrivals, “a intervened to guarantee that migration was orderly”.
“People who do not use legal means to enter the United States are not eligible for asylum,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas explained at a press conference Wednesday reporting on a new rule. Which will be implemented as soon as possible. This is Lift Title 42.
How will the process of immigrating to the United States be like?
As such, “ineligible” immigrants would be deported unless they show “a reasonable fear of persecution” in the country from which they are being expelled, Mayorkas stressed. They have the option of stopping it, but “under very limited circumstances.”
The government therefore forces immigrants to make an appointment for asylum through the CBP One mobile application or to process it in the countries through which they transit to reach the United States, for example for family reunification permits or 30,000 people per month from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Haiti for humanitarian reasons by taking advantage of the program authorizing entry.
Exceptions to the asylum ban would be: if they are not able to access or use the mobile application due to a language barrier, illiteracy or technical failure, if they applied and were refused in another country or in exceptional circumstances, the Department listed does in a statement by the National Security (DHS). Nor will they apply to unaccompanied children.
Now the Title 8 measure will go into effect, which allows for the removal of all immigrants who do not have the right to enter and, unlike Title 42, requires them to be re-admitted for at least five years if they try again. Will be approved with restrictions. as well as possible criminal proceedings.
That is, it is going to change the requirements, processes and timing of access in the country.
People wishing to immigrate from Colombia to the United States must apply for permission through regional processing centers in Latin America.
As of this date, they will be present in Guatemala and Colombia, where more than 6,000 requests are expected daily.