White House: Now is not the time to come to the United States, most will be refused
A White House spokeswoman referred to the unfavorable epidemiological situation and the need for new rules for the admission of migrants
In early February, President Joe Biden signed three immigration-related decrees: asylum at the US-Mexico border, legal immigration, and family reunification. A spokeswoman for the American leader at a briefing on Wednesday said that now is not the time to receive new migrants, and most of them will be denied entry to the United States. The reason, according to Jen Psaki, is the coronavirus pandemic and the brief tenure of the Biden administration in order to create mechanisms for accepting new migrants.
Previously, the massive flow of migrants heading to the United States from Honduras via Guatemala has been significantly reduced as it progresses. Some migrants continued on their way to the Mexican border, while others agreed to the authorities’ offer to return to their homeland..
Many Honduras are desperate as a result of the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and two major hurricanes in November that further exacerbated chronic poverty and crime..
Guatemala Immigration Services say over 2,300 migrants have been returned to Honduras.
President Biden has pledged immigration reform, but plans to keep Trump-era border policies in place for now, fearing an influx of migrants.
One of three executive orders signed by the President of the United States provides for the creation of a comprehensive regional structure to address the causes of migration and its regulation in North and Central America, as well as to ensure safe and orderly work with people on the border with the United States..
Recently, according to media reports, there has been an increase in the number of migrants at the southern border of the United States. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the administration is closely monitoring the situation, but many migrants will not be able to enter the country..
Psaki explained that such a decision was made by the administration of US President Joe Biden, based on the unfavorable epidemiological situation and the lack of time to develop new rules for the admission of migrants.
«Now is not the time to come to the United States and most will be denied entry. The asylum process at the border will not happen overnight and will take time to be implemented. We need time and partners to put in place a comprehensive process and system that will allow us to work at the border with asylum seekers, and to develop rules that will provide a path to citizenship for immigrants in the United States.», – said a spokeswoman for the White House.
Official Immigration Bill Not Submitted to Congress Yet.
The fate of many immigrants who entered the United States as children remains uncertain. Their attorneys and human rights defenders await a Texas judge’s decision in a court case that will determine the fate of participants in the Deferred Action Program for Children Arriving in the United States (DACA), which legalizes more than 640,000 immigrants illegally entering the United States..
Many expect the DACA program to be outlawed, given the position of the previous administration and the track record of the particular judge to be adjudicated. This could be the final blow to the program that President Barack Obama unveiled in 2012, and which the Trump administration has sought to end..
If the program is canceled, participants may be deprived of work permits and protection from deportation. This could force Congress to consider defining a new status for participants in this program and possibly other undocumented immigrants.