US President Joe Biden’s administration has proposed a new immigration plan that would impose tougher asylum restrictions on immigrants entering the country through the border.
If the proposal is approved, asylum seekers would have to request an interview with U.S. officials through a phone app or apply for asylum in another country before coming to the U.S.
Failure to comply with the new regulations will prevent immigrants from being eligible for asylum if they cross the border into the United States.
Human rights groups have compared the plan to former President Donald Trump’s policies.
It’s the toughest plan Biden has ever put forwardHe promised a more humanitarian approach to the border crisis when he took office.
The new regulations apply to adults and families. But not in the case of unaccompanied children.
Under the plan, immigrants must use an app to speak with a U.S. immigration official when they arrive at the border. Non-nominators do not have the right to claim asylum in the countries they have passed through.
The proposal, issued jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice, would allow expedited deportation of undocumented immigrants.
If the decree Approved, it will become law on May 11, when Title 42 expiresA health emergency measure approved by the Trump administration authorizes the deportation of immigrants to Mexico.
Biden’s policy will be in effect for two years, with an option to extend it.
Criticism of the new plan
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said it would file a lawsuit to block the implementation of the rule.
The organization compared the plan to previous measures taken by Trump that were ruled unconstitutional in court.
Oxfam America said:This massive asylum ban will close the door on countless refugees Seeking safety and security in America.”
“This administration will not allow massive chaos and disruption at the border because of congressional inaction,” an anonymous Biden administration official told AFP.
The public has 30 days to comment on the draft proposal.
Recent government records show that about 200,000 undocumented immigrants try to enter the United States each month.
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