Published: Mon, February 15, 2021
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Biden Team Seeks Pause In US WeChat Ban Litigation

Biden Team Seeks Pause In US WeChat Ban Litigation

The initiative forced more than 65,000 non-Mexican asylum seekers back across the border to wait for their USA court hearings, although far fewer are believed to still be waiting in Mexico.

The officials said "phase one" of the new admission program will start at three ports of entry and involve identifying and processing now active MPP cases of asylum seekers who have been designated to wait for their U.S.

Before coming into the US, all migrants will first be given a medical screening in Mexico, including a COVID-19 test administered by the United Nations migration agency, according to the LA Times.

Biden, a Democrat who took over from Republican former President Donald Trump on January 20, has sought to project a message of re-engagement with the world and with global institutions after four years of his predecessor's "America First" mantra.

The moves are part of a plan by the administration of President Joe Biden to end the programme, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), an effort complicated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and concerns over illegal immigration.

"Although some people with pending cases may have given up after waiting for their hearing or due to violence in northern Mexico", Kocher added, "it remains a legal and moral imperative that the US government abide by national and global refugee law and provide these individuals with an opportunity to request asylum".

"This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation's values", Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said in the statement.

The officials, all of whom requested anonymity, only outlined procedures for people with active cases in U.S. immigration courts.


"Their presence as workers in the United States" is vital to the U.S. economy, Lopez Obrador said. Administration officials say the vast majority of people who cross the border illegally are quickly expelled under a public health order that Trump put in place in March amid the coronavirus pandemic. Getting word to them about when to report to the border for release in the United States may prove a daunting job.

Austin Kocher, a faculty fellow at TRAC, said that "unfortunately, DHS's process for hearing these remaining cases relies on a virtual registration process that may actually exclude precisely those asylum-seekers who don't have access to technology and who are the most in need of protection".

At the same time, the official said, Biden wanted to ensure they had the opportunity to have an open line of communication.

The two presidents exchanged Chinese Lunar New Year greetings along with views on bilateral relations and major worldwide and regional issues, according to a release from China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

A Mexican migrant covers her face with a blanket as she and others camp at a park while waiting to apply for asylum in the U.S., in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on 17 December 2019, the day before the International Migrants Day.

Mexico agreed to take back more asylum-seekers in June 2019 to defuse Trump's threats of tariff increases.

CITY-U.S. President Joe Biden's decision to stop new construction of his predecessor's signature wall on the border with Mexico received a vote of confidence from his Mexican counterpart on Friday.

Raul Ortiz, deputy chief of the Border Patrol, said Tuesday that more than 3,000 people had been stopped in each of the previous 10 days, compared with a daily average of 2,426 in January.

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