Published: Wed, February 03, 2021
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Biden Won't Accept Scaled-Down Covid Aid Package: White House

Biden Won't Accept Scaled-Down Covid Aid Package: White House

Teenagers are seen in a cage during a protest of worldwide labor groups, civil society and students against the policy of migrant family separation along the US-Mexico border on June 17, 2019 in front of the United Nations offices in Geneva. Despite the Republican group's appeal for bipartisanship, as part of Mr. Biden's efforts to unify the country, the president made it clear he won't delay aid in hopes of winning GOP support.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, "His [Biden] view is that at this point in our country, when 1-in-7 American families don't have enough food to eat, we need to make sure people get the relief they need and are not left behind", adding that the risk "is not going too big, it is going too small".

President Joe Biden made a point Tuesday to defend the breakneck flurry of executive orders he has churned out since taking office almost two weeks ago, asserting, "I'm not making new law".

US President Joe Biden has told Senate Republicans that the $600 billion economic recovery package they favor for dealing with the Coronavirus crisis is far too small, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told a Capitol Hill press conference.

Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will meet with the senators during the private session, both having urged lawmakers to act big in confronting the pandemic and economic crisis.

He did, however, mandate a review of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), a Trump program that ordered 65,000 asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their U.S. court hearings.

Since Trump issued the policies by presidential proclamation, they could be easily undone, immigration policy experts and former officials said.

Psaki stressed that the Biden administration aims to "repair the damage and the horrific actions of the prior administration" regarding immigration policies, especially the crisis that unfolded under Trump's family separation policy. "We need the time to put in place an immigration process where people can be treated humanely".

Lawsuits by conservative groups could potentially slow down Mr Biden's agenda. A federal judge last week temporarily blocked one of his first immigration moves - a 100-day pause on many deportations - after the Republican-led state of Texas sought an injunction.

Mr Trump won the presidency in 2016 while making border security a major theme of his campaign. If Biden fails to prevent surges in illegal immigration at the US-Mexico border, he could give ammunition to Republicans in the 2022 congressional elections, said Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst with the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute.

"I think it starts a conversation with us that I think will carry through into other things", she said. -Mexico border wall in Alamo, Texas, on 12 January, 2021.

"These Executive Actions honor our values by reunifying separated families, reforming our asylum process and promoting inclusion of new Americans into our communities", Pelosi said.

The review will address the possibility of legal status in the United States for separated families and providing mental health services. Those children are living with relatives or in foster care.

The task force, according to a senior administration official, will "work across the U.S. government, with key stakeholders and representatives of impacted families, and with partners across the hemisphere to find parents and children separated by the Trump administration". The US Senate on Tuesday confirmed Mr Mayorkas as the new head of the Department of Homeland Security, the first Latino and immigrant to hold that position.

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