Obama calls for comprehensive immigration reform to fix ‘dormant’ system
Former President Obama called for sweeping immigration reform to fix a “dormant” system as the Biden administration grapples with a “heartbreaking” migrant crisis at the southern border.
Obama said during an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Tuesday that reform of the US immigration system is “something that has been long overdue.” He said immigration is a “difficult” issue because Americans want to be kind but America’s open borders are a “sustainable” idea.
Obama’s remarks came after more than 14,000 Haitian immigrants camped under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas acknowledged on Sunday that the vast majority of Haitians migrants Those who crossed the southern US border in recent weeks have already been released to the United States and it is possible that more will follow.
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So far, about 12,400 people have had their cases heard by immigration judges, while another 5,000 are being processed. Department of Homeland Security. Only 3,000 are in custody.
Obama said Del Rio’s situation “is a painful reminder that we don’t have this right yet and that we have more work to do.”
Obama said, “No one can understand him better than Joe Biden with such a big heart.” “And now the question is: are we going to get serious about dealing with this problem in a systematic way, as opposed to these one-sided ones where we’re constantly reacting to emergencies? And I think that’s something that’s going to happen.” Every American must put an end to it.”
Obama said that “immigration is hard” and “always has been.”
“Immigration is hard. It always has been because, on the one hand, I think we’re naturally people who want to help others,” Obama said. “And we see tragedy and hardship and families who are trying their best to get here so that their children are safe, and they are in some cases fleeing violence or devastation.”
He said: “At the same time, we are a nation state. We have borders. The idea that we can only have open borders is something that … as a practical matter, is not sustainable.”
The Biden administration has faced sharp criticism for its handling of the crisis at the US-Mexico border, which Republican critics have blamed for the dramatic rollback of Trump-era policies, such as border wall construction and Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP). It has also narrowed down Internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) priorities and has worked hard to legalize illegal immigrants already in the country. It is releasing migrants into the interior, processing UAC sponsors already in the country and releasing migrant families – angering Republican governors and other lawmakers.
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200,000. were over migrant encounter Feather southern border In August, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed earlier this month, the second consecutive month where the number has exceeded 200,000 as migrants continue to attempt to enter the US.
Granthshala News was the first to report that there were 208,887 encounters in August. While this is the first decrease in migrant encounters seen under the Biden administration, where migrant encounters have been increasing rapidly for months, it is only a 2% drop from the more than 212,000 encounters in July.
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The Biden administration pushed back, blaming the Trump administration for shutting down legal avenues to asylum, while stressing root causes – such as poverty, violence and corruption in Central America – in encouraging migrants to travel north play.
Meyerkas said the administration intends to continue with its border strategy, which he said includes “safe, legal and orderly avenues for migrants”, improving processing and trailing smugglers.
“We have a plan, we are executing our plan and it takes time,” he said in August, when he announced the July limit numbers.
He also told border agents in the audio leaked to Granthshala News that the situation is “Durable.”
Granthshala News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.