Politics Amid mounting criticism, Biden tries to deter migration — with little success
Pressure builds to address climate-induced migration
When Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, D-N.Y., witnessed the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, she noticed a connection between two of the thorniest issues facing lawmakers. A Puerto Rican native, Velázquez was struck by the move north of large numbers of Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of the devastating 2017 storm, and she told Speaker […] The post Pressure builds to address climate-induced migration appeared first on Roll Call.
When the Washington Post you need a "coherent strategy" on the southern border, you should listen.
For a while, the Biden administration hesitated to acknowledge the current border crisis. In April, White House press secretary Jen PsakiPresident Joe Biden's use of the word "crisis" to describe the surge of unaccompanied minors arriving on the border.
As late as this June, Vice President Kamala Harrisher team made "a lot of progress" during a visit to El Paso, Texas. Remember, this was after she Central America to address the “root causes” of record-breaking migration.
Despite delays with $3.5T plan, Biden vows to 'get it done'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has pledged at the Capitol to “get it done” as Democrats strained to rescue a scaled-back version of his $3.5 trillion government-overhaul plan and salvage a related public works bill after days of frantic negotiations. But it's not getting done right now. Biden huddled with House Democrats on their home ground in a private meeting Friday that was part instructional, part morale booster for the tattered caucus of lawmakers, telling them he wanted both bills passed regardless of the time it takes. He discussed a compromise topline of $1.9 trillion to more than $2 trillion for his bigger vision, according to lawmakers in the room.
Amid a surge inand on the border, some members of the media are criticizing the Biden administration for its immigration and asylum policies. The Washington Post an editorial on Sunday accusing the White House of unleashing "a torrent of words and goals untethered to specific policies and timetables."
The editorial went on to acknowledge that while Biden effectively rolled back Trump's policies, he did not set a "clear road map to address the immediate crisis — a decades-high surge in illegal border-crossing."
It seems the mounting criticism is reaching the White House. CBSthe administration has increased deportations of migrants crossing the border illegally to curb the spread of COVID-19, under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Title 42 .
Catalytic converter theft has surged nationwide. LA's top prosecutor is threatening a fight with auto companies to force change.
Vehicle catalytic converter theft has surged nationwide. Los Angeles County's District Attorney George Gascón is threatening a fight to force changes.The Los Angeles County District Attorney has two hybrids in his home and knows it could only be a matter of time before he joins the estimated 30,000 people in Los Angeles County this year who have been victim to a crime rising in popularity: Stealing catalytic converters.
U.S. authorities have also restarted "expedited removal flights" of migrant families to Central America for those who could not be deported to Mexico. Furthermore, adults who attempt to cross again could be referred for criminal prosecution, according to Customs and Border Protection official Manuel Padilla.
But these new policies, though more dynamic, are not enough. Since the “expedited removal flights” restarted last month, officials242 migrant parents and children were deported. Additionally, a report from Pew Research Center the declining share of migrant encounters on the southern border has resulted in expulsion.
And although border patrol agentsover 103,000 Title 42 expulsions in June, this has not deterred migrants from making the dangerous trek north. The Washington Post approximately “one-third of migrants being taken into custody by U.S. border agents are repeat crossers, nearly three times as many as in previous years.”
Forced migration will only get worse — the US needs a long-term strategy
In an overpopulated world with dwindling resources, even prosperous nations like ours must face the difficult question of how many immigrants it can absorb. Migration is as old as humanity. The earliest communities consisted of hunter-gatherers who followed the seasonal migration of wild herds. From the 16th through the 19th century, European nations sent their surplus population to overseas colonies, where they displaced indigenous peoples, often quite brutally. The industrial revolution created a demand for factory workers and farmers to feed them.
Contrast the current administration’s efforts with the tsunami of migrants we’ve seen in the last two months alone. The Washington Examinerapproximately 190,000 people attempted to cross the southern border illegally in June. In July, U.S. authorities likely more than 210,000 migrants.
With his current policies failing to deter illegal immigration, Biden should adopt his predecessor’s Migrant Protection Protocols. Former President Donald Trump’s border strategy“catch and release” and forced migrants to wait in Mexico while their claims were processed.
These initiatives worked. Under the Trump administration, encounters of unaccompanied minors and family units43% and 56%, respectively, from fiscal year 2018 to fiscal year 2020. Despite this success, Biden Trump’s “Remain in Mexico Policy” on the first day of his presidency.
It’s time for the White House to reevaluate its immigration strategy. In the face of thein more than 20 years, Biden must scrap his current approach and secure the border.
Migrants' hopes dashed by surprise deportation to Haiti from U.S. border
Migrants' hopes dashed by surprise deportation to Haiti from U.S. borderMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Haitian migrant Nikel Norassaint did not know where he was headed when Mexican migration officials put him on a flight last week in the southeastern city of Villahermosa, days after they had detained him near the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Biden says he's open to shortening length of new programs .
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — President Joe Biden says he would prefer to cut the duration of programs in his big social services and climate change package rather than eliminate some entirely, as Democrats struggle to win support from moderates by trimming what had been a $3.5 trillion proposal. Biden's comments on Friday, reassuring progressives on what he hopes will be a landmark piece of his legacy, marked his clearest indication yet on how he hopes negotiations over the bill will play out.