Biden Makes Border Security Announcement

On Thursday, Pres. Biden made his first major announcement on border security. He said that the US would immediately begin turning away Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans who cross the US-Mexico border illegally.

Biden Makes Border Security Announcement
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Facts

  • On Thursday, Pres. Biden made his first major announcement on border security. He said that the US would immediately begin turning away Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans who cross the US-Mexico border illegally.
  • The new border security rules expand upon an existing effort to prevent Venezuelans from entering the US. These changes to the immigration rules will continue even if the Supreme Court ends the Trump-era Title 42 public health law that allows the US to turn away asylum-seekers.
  • Biden is slated to visit the US southern border for the first time as president on Sunday. His administration has come under fire from the GOP, as Republicans are blaming the White House for a smoldering migration crisis.
  • The policy will allow border authorities to expel up to 30K illegal migrants per month from the four countries (Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti, and Nicaragua). However, Biden will allow 30K people from those countries to work legally in the US if they pass certain conditions.
  • Biden negotiated with Mexico as the country only previously accepted returned migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. In October, Mexico agreed to also accept Venezuelans which has lowered the number of migrants coming to the US.
  • Border crossings have skyrocketed since Biden took office in 2021, and over 2.38M border apprehensions occurred in the fiscal year ending on September 30. Even with Title 42 in place, there are still 2M asylum cases backlogged.

Sources: Reuters, Associated Press, CNBC, FOX News, and CBS.

Narratives

  • Republican narrative, as provided by FOX News. It’s "too little too late" for Joe Biden, who has shown he does not care about America’s border and the safety concerns mass illegal migration brings. Biden has had two years to continue the work former Pres. Trump accomplished keeping America safe — but Biden has ignored it and incentivized more people to flood into America. Now he’s acting as if he cares about the crisis he helped create.
  • Democratic narrative, as provided by MSNBC. Biden has had appealing rhetoric when it comes to immigrants' rights and moderate Democrats cite border security as an important platform. Unfortunately, a Trump-era policy rooted in xenophobia is still the template used to deny the basic right to asylum. As Biden prepares to visit the southern border, the White House and the Democratic party must listen to advocates and progressive allies to shape a more humane policy worthy of Biden's important legacy.