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US Government: Illegal border crossers have no right to claim asylum

He noted that they are “under a judicial obligation to exercise Title 42 authority at the border.”

Blas Nunez-Neto, undersecretary for border policy and immigration at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said Thursday that “people who cross the border illegally do not have the right to seek asylum and can be returned to Mexico.”

After Joe Biden’s administration announced a new immigration plan for Venezuelans on Wednesday, 24,000 Venezuelans will be allowed to enter as long as they have a sponsor in that country and meet various requirements.

They have warned that if they do not comply they will be deported to Mexico.

With that in mind, the official argued that because they are “under a judicial obligation to exercise the authority of Title 42 at the border, that authority takes precedence over our immigration officials,” Monitoreamos reported.

“I want to make it clear that people crossing Panama and Mexico will not qualify, and for those who are traveling, stay where they are, don’t enter Mexico, don’t try to cross our border. They don’t qualify with Mexico or through this legal process that has many advantages,” Nuñez-Neto said in a telephone press conference.

“We want to tell all Venezuelans who are thinking of such a dangerous journey or who are on the road today, not to continue north because they will not be able to enter the territory of the United States,” he stressed.

When asked if the United States had a way to guarantee that these people returned to Mexico would not be deported to Venezuela later, the official dodged the question and attributed the responsibility to the government of President Andres Manuel. Lopez Obrador.

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“The Mexican government obviously has its obligations under international law. It’s really a question of the Mexican government. I know they have important processes in place to verify if they’re going to deport someone who (isn’t) in need of asylum,” he said.

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