During Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, President Joe Biden told the American people that he has successfully driven down the number of illegal migrants crossing into our country over our southern border, and today, details are emerging of a proposed deal with Mexico that would allow the U.S. to execute mass deportations of non-Mexicans back to Mexico, according to four current and former U.S. officials familiar with the negotiations.
But this is Biden we’re talking about, so, of course, there is a catch: The plan would also allow hundreds of thousands of migrants to enter the States legally via an expansion of the parole process, making it applicable to mass migrations, rather than using it on a case-by-case basis as it was intended.
As BizPac Review reported, in his Tuesday night speech, Biden credited the parole program for the drop in encounters with illegal migrants at the border.
“Since we launched our new border plan last month, unlawful migration from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela has come down 97 percent,” he bragged. “But America’s border problems won’t be fixed until Congress acts.”
“If you won’t pass my comprehensive immigration reform, at least pass my plan to provide the equipment and officers to secure the border. And a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, those on temporary status, farm workers, and essential workers,” he added.
And with Title 42, the pandemic-era provision that allowed the U.S. to turn many non-Mexicans back to Mexico, set to soon expire, that “pathway” will start with a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website that allows would-be migrants to “schedule an asylum appointment at a U.S. port of entry or seek a two-year permit to live and work in the United States through the parole process,” according to The Washington Post.
Explains The Post:
Parole applicants need a U.S. sponsor, but if accepted, they can travel to the United States via air and will receive fast-track work authorization. Parole status is renewable, and migrants accepted can attempt to apply for asylum or another legal status once they arrive in the United States, DHS officials say.
So, while more migrants may be deported to Mexico under the plan, more will also be allowed to enter legally.
Naturally, the White House would rather focus on the people they would kick out of the country should Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador go along with it.
“Mexican authorities have been adamant they will not accept the type of arrangement known as a ‘safe third country’ agreement that would enable the United States to send all asylum seekers there,” according to The Post. “The deportation plan under discussion would be different, allowing Mexican authorities to retain control over key elements, such as the nationalities of those subjected to formal removals, according to officials with knowledge of the arrangement.”
The top U.S. immigration official during the Clinton administration, Doris Meissner, called the move to mass deportations a “game changer.”
“I think we’re into a new era and new territory,” she said.
But not everyone is happy with the proposal.
Heidi Altman is the director of policy at the National Immigrant Justice Center, a nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrants.
She fears the White House is “prioritizing speed over justice and fairness.”
“If the administration moves in this direction, they’re doing so with very clear knowledge that they will be returning people to dangerous situations,” she said. “Migrants who are returned to Mexico are extremely and particularly vulnerable to rape, assault, kidnappings and other violence. This has been so well-documented. The administration knows that this is a reality.”
The entire plan hinges on López Obrador and his willingness to accept non-Mexican deportees.
For him to agree to that, analysts believe the United States will have to agree to add more slots and nationalities to the parole program, meaning America will still be welcoming thousands of foreigners into our country at a time when its citizens are struggling to pay their bills and put eggs on the table.
“Those programs fulfill Mexico’s goals,” The Post reports, “and they would potentially reduce the number of migrants waiting along Mexico’s northern border and hiring smugglers.”
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