Biden to Focus on Coronavirus Challenges During Upcoming G7 Meeting

  • Biden to Focus on Coronavirus Challenges During Upcoming G7 Meeting

Biden to Focus on Coronavirus Challenges During Upcoming G7 Meeting

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said only migrants with pending active cases under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program would be eligible to be reprocessed beginning February 19, Fox News reported.

According to a senior DHS official who spoke on condition of anonymity, the 70,000 population of these asylum seekers have about 25,000 active COVID-19 cases.

Currently, nearly 35,000 asylum applications are being processed.

Former president Donal Trump had moved aggressively to prevent immigrants from entering the United States, exposing immigrants to violence in Mexican border cities.

An agreement with the Mexican government has allowed the US border officials to send back more than 70,000 migrants to Mexico, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University's analysis.

DHS Chief, Alejandro Mayorkas, who is the first Latino and the first immigrant to head the department, ascertained that Washington is committed to "rebuilding a safe, orderly and humane immigration system".

Mayorkas noted that this latest move was another step in their commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with the nation's values.

"Almost everyone has built parts of their wall, and now President Biden has decided not to build a wall on the border anymore".

After Biden assumed office January 20, his administration announced its intention to cancel the most controversial measures and create a task force to reunite families who were separated under the policies his administration described as "national disgrace".

"With this news, our miracle is close to realization", said Nicole Boisco, a 19-year-old Honduran who has lived in a shelter in Ciudad Juarez on the USA border for a year and a half.

Washington said Friday that applicants "should not come to the border before they are asked to do so". The White House stated that Biden would also suggest the need for making investments to enlighten the collective competitiveness and the necessity of updating global rules to resolve the challenges imposed by China. The DHS also warned migrants that the announcement should not be interpreted "as an opening for people to migrate irregularly" to the U.S.

"I am very happy because during our waiting period here, we witnessed unpleasant things", she added.

Jose Madrid, a 40-year-old Honduran, thanked the Biden administration.

"Life is very hard in Central America".

"With this news our miracle is on the verge of becoming reality", said Nicol Bueso, a 19-year-old Honduran who has been living in a shelter in Ciudad Juarez on the United States border for a year and a half.