As Border Crisis Worsens, White House Announces New Asylum Processing Program

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Posted: Feb 16, 2021 4:20 PM
As Border Crisis Worsens, White House Announces New Asylum Processing Program

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The Biden administration announced a new asylum processing program Tuesday as the illegal immigration crisis on the U.S. southern border continues to get worse. 

Starting February 19, the United States will begin to process eligible individuals in the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP) program to pursue their asylum cases in the US, working closely with the Government of Mexico, as well as international and non-governmental organizations. Individuals should not take any action at this time and should remain where they are to await further instructions. We will soon announce a virtual registration process that will be accessible from any location," White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Deputy National Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall released in a joint statement. "Once registered, eligible individuals will be provided additional information about where and when to present themselves.  Individuals should not approach the border until instructed to do so."

 Two weeks ago, President Biden gutted a series of Trump Administration policies that cut down on asylum fraud.

"We caution people seeking to immigrate to the United States that our borders are not open, and that this is just the first phase in the administration’s work to reopen access to an orderly asylum process. This new process applies to individuals who were returned to Mexico under the MPP program and have cases pending before the Executive Office for Immigration Review," the statement continues. "Individuals outside of the United States who were not returned to Mexico under MPP or who do not have active immigration court cases will not be considered for participation in this first phase of this program and should await further instructions. If you seek entry into the US and do not have an active MPP case, you will be immediately expelled and will not be permitted to remain in the United States."

In recent weeks the Biden administration has come under scrutiny for releasing illegal immigrants into Americans communities without testing them for Wuhan coronavirus. There is nothing in the new statement that indicates those who come to the U.S. will be tested before they are released. 

"People who attempt to cross the border without going through ports of entry should understand that you are putting yourselves and your families in danger, especially during a global pandemic," they said. "President Biden is committed to immigration reform in the long term, but it will take time. The immigration reform legislation that President Biden sent to the Congress only applies to individuals who were in the United States before January 1, 2021. This is a crucial first step to communicate our respect for human rights and human dignity, which includes abiding by legal processes and health and safety protocols."

President Biden sent his framework for a massive illegal immigration bill, which grants amnesty to at least 11 million people, to Congress Tuesday afternoon.