Friday, February 3, 2023

United States insists it will deport migrants after lifting hygiene standards

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported on Wednesday that Joe Biden’s administration reiterated that it will expel migrants who cross the border with Mexico without authorization if they have a “legal basis” to remain in the United States. ” Not there.

US officials barred most families and adults at the border by invoking an anti-Covid health rule inherited from the time of former Republican President Donald Trump and known as Title 42. But a judge ruled that it was used in an “arbitrary” and capricious” manner. And it would not come into effect until December 21 after giving the government five weeks to prepare for the end of the ban, as requested. Will happen.

“I want to be clear on this: Title 42 or no Title 42, those who cannot establish a legal basis to remain in the United States will be removed.” In the statement confirms the Secretary of National Security Alejandro Mayorkas.

Title 42 “remains in effect until December 20, 2022, and until then, DHS will continue to remove single adults and families who are detained at the nation’s southwest border under that power,” it says.

As the day draws near, the number of migrants trying to cross the border is skyrocketing. Officers stopped “an average of 2,460” per day over the three days, mostly through the El Paso area, Peter Jacz, acting chief of the Border Patrol, tweeted Monday.

On the other side of the border, hundreds of migrants are also waiting their turn to seek asylum.

“We know that traffickers will spread misinformation to take advantage of vulnerable migrants,” Mayorkas says.

The reality, according to Mayorkas, is that as Title 42 ceases to apply, DHS will process “people caught at the border who do not have proper travel documents” under Title 8, which has been in force for decades.

Title 8 “predicts significant consequences,” he warns. He cites a five-year ban on re-entry of those who have been expelled and expedited removal procedures, which allow for quick repatriation. Mayorkas reiterated that the US immigration system is “outdated” and “under strain.”

Meanwhile, Congress is in full swing in the last days before the House of Representatives and the Senate take office in January after legislative elections in November. In these elections, Biden’s Democrats lost control of the lower house, but retained the upper house.

Two senators, Kirsten Sinema (until recently a Democrat and now an independent) and Thom Tillis (Republican) have been negotiating a draft on an immigration framework, but it is not yet in place.

Several Democratic and Republican congressmen have called on Biden to extend Title 42 enforcement beyond the deadline. The government itself appealed the order to lift the ban, although it promises to meet the deadline.

Florida declares state of disaster for damage caused by Hurricane Nicole

After Hurricane Nicole made landfall in the United States in November, this December 14, United States President Joe Biden approved a state of emergency declaration in the state of Florida due to the passage of the storm, which began to form from the storm. 7 of last month.

Well, it’s worth remembering that Hurricane Nicole, one of the strongest hurricanes to hit Florida in recent times, was preceded by Ian, so this season of tropical storms has brought untold damage to the North American country, which has seen a lot of damage in recent months. placed at the state and national levels. Governments are making strategies to recover the affected area.

Thus, in a statement issued by the White House, the US President ordered federal funding to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to deal with emergency situations caused by Hurricane Nicole.

With this statement, Biden took the opportunity to order the administration of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security to provide federal funds to those affected in Brevard County, Flagler, Lake, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia. ,

It will also provide grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover non-insured property damage, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the devastation.

*With inputs from AFP.

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