A group of immigration advocates are criticizing the Biden administration for its inhumane immigration policy, involving arresting immigrants apprehended at the southern border.
The advocates stated that the administration also leaves families with children surviving in remote jungle outposts.
Immigration organizations are extremely disappointed at the Biden administration
Last week, over 100 immigration advocates sent a letter to the Biden administration and White House officials; these advocates sought to speak about their extreme disappointment that families arriving at the border are getting arrested and expelled back to Mexico.
Dozens of pro-immigrant groups criticized Biden’s asylum policies in a letter on Friday, saying continued expulsions of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and other deterrent measures were “cruel, unlawful and ineffective” https://t.co/l7AyBcRjzs
— Ted Hesson (@tedhesson) August 13, 2021
The groups wrote that this act of the Biden administration is far from their commitment of building an effective, humane immigration system.
They also claimed that the Biden administration is continuing to pursue unlawful, ineffective, and cruel deterrence policies, instead of dismantling the previous approach that the former Trump administration did with migration.
The letter continued, stating that just last week, the Biden administration expelled hundreds of immigrants. According to them, the immigrants were allegedly denied access to protection, and Mexican authorities were forced to go into the remote areas of Guatemala.
The organization then called the Biden administration to stop the Title 42 policy imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Title 42 blocks asylum seekers from entering the U.S. during the COVID pandemic. They are also seeking to stop the expulsion of flights.
The groups also added in their letter that the expulsions done by the Biden administration are a “mockery” of human rights and public health.
They said the administration is systematically and intentionally returning people to harm, which is a violation of the international obligation of the U.S. of non-refoulment.
Mayorkas: The situation at the border is not sustainable and they cannot continue like this
Meanwhile, last week, Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security declared a new policy, stating that it will be harder for immigrants who were expelled under Title 42 to come back to the U.S. border.
The highest recorded number of border crossings have been recorded in July, as it hit 212,672. This record is the highest number in 21 years. The Customs and Border Patrol also added that so far, there are over 1.1 million crossing attempts at the border.
Biden DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on the border crisis in leaked audio:
“This is unsustainable. These numbers cannot continue.” pic.twitter.com/60sQDuApWl
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 13, 2021
On the other hand, Mayorkas was also captured in a recording telling border patrol agents that this circumstance at the border should not persist.
Mayorkas also stated a couple of days ago in Mexico that the U.S. borders are the first line of defense in the country. He added that what’s happening at the borders right now is not sustainable and the U.S. authorities are going to lose.
Mayorkas finally noted that they cannot continue like this; the agents in the field cannot keep up and the U.S. system is not built to accommodate this situation.