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Daily border encounters more than halved in January, DHS official says




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CNN

Daily meetings of migrants along US-Mexico border fell by more than half in January from the previous month, a Homeland Security official told CNN, citing the expansion of Trump-era Covid restrictions and recently introduced programs for legal immigration to America.

Last month, border authorities were grappling with a spike in border clashes, averaging about 7,000 a day, before Title 42 ended as scheduled, a health agency said. Public health has been in effect since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Supreme Court temporarily suspended the termination of Title 42, leaving it as it is. But the influx of migrants has underscored the challenges the Biden administration faces amid mass migration in the Western Hemisphere. While daily arrests have dropped, it’s unclear how long this trend will persist as people continue to face dire conditions back home.

During his presidency, Joe Biden has faced changing migration patterns stretched federal and local resources. To the contrary, the issue has increasingly become a political hole for the administration – drawing fierce criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike – and a major point of discussion with the states. in the south, mainly Mexico.

Biden met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the North American Leaders Summit in the first day of this monthMigration is a major topic of discussion.

Just days before the visit to Mexico, the Biden administration expanding humanitarian release program accepts up to 30,000 migrants per month from Haiti, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba. The program provides a legal pathway for people of that nationality to enter the United States rather than cross the border. The administration also made those nationalities eligible for Title 42, meaning they can now be rejected by the authorities if they don’t apply for the program.

Officials have cited the Title 42 parole and expansion program as one of the reasons for the drop in daily encounters this month.

Biden alluded to the possibility of reducing the number of people crossing the border while in Mexico, saying: “This will reduce the number of people trying to cross the border legally – trying to cross the border illegally.”

“We’re trying to make it easier for people to get here, open up the possibility of coming here, but not put them through that scary process,” he added, referring to the perilous journey that the northern migrants often experience.

Immigrant advocates, however, have shared concerns about the program, arguing that it can only serve people with connections to the United States because of the need for a sponsor and because it can which means more people could be denied under Title 42.

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