Dems praise Biden for addressing immigration crisis and asylum seekers ahead of US-Mexico border visit
Democratic officials from across the United States have praised President Biden’s latest asylum announcement ahead of his first visit to the southern border on Sunday, the first of his administration.
The announcement included details on how the Biden administration will better manage the influx of asylum seekers primarily from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela. This came ahead of Biden’s visit to the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas on Sunday.
“Thank you to the Biden-Harris administration for its renewed commitment to taking on immigration with the nuance and resources this issue deserves. We support policies that are fair and reflect our American values,” Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted. .
“Today’s announcement by President Biden to expand the humanitarian program to allow more asylum seekers to travel to the United States safely, legally, and in a more controlled manner is an important and positive step to ensure that our federal partners to better handle this humanitarian crisis. New York City Mayor Eric Adams said in a press release.
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Immigrants wait for soup donated by the group Yuma County Abolition after crossing the border from Mexico on May 23, 2022 in San Luis, Arizona. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
He also praised the Biden administration’s “partnership and response to our call for action.”
Biden announced Thursday that migrants will be deported to Mexico if they attempt to enter the U.S. illegally, effective immediately. However, he said the US would offer humanitarian parole to up to 30,000 people a month from those four countries, a service they can get if they apply online, pay their plane tickets and find a financial sponsor.
Adams added: “We hope this policy will help better control the flow of asylum seekers arriving at the southern border. At the same time, we still need a long-term and proactive strategy to manage the crisis we are seeing. ”
The mayor’s praise comes just days after he specifically called the migrant crisis a “real disgrace” on a “national level” and said his city was being overwhelmed by its effects.
“It’s a real embarrassment, I believe, on a national level, and we need to have an appropriate response. We’ve had conversations about immigrant issues for decades. This is a national issue. There needs to be a national response,” Adams said. on WABC’s “Sid & Friends in the Morning.”
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Biden also drew praise from San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, who said the border announcement would “help speed up legal pathways for regular migration and increase funding for nonprofits doing lifesaving work in our communities.”
Gloria also encouraged the new Republican majority in the House to work with Democrats to “pass legislation to fix our broken immigration system!”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams on June 06, 2022 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Mayor Ron Nirenberg, of San Antonio, Texas, also praised Biden’s action.
“In lieu of much-needed Congressional policy, [Biden’s] The new action humanely addresses the flow of asylum seekers entering the U.S. We will continue to work with our federal partners to ensure San Antonio receives the funding needed for our local migrant support efforts.”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, of Chicago, Illinois, added: “We support the President’s announcement today. Additionally, we look forward to continued engagement with the White House, federal executive branch stakeholders, and our elected federal delegation to address this ongoing national challenge around asylum seekers”.
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And Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver, Colorado, called the asylum change a “positive step.”
“We hope these additional resources/enforcement actions will help alleviate the pressures this influx of migrants is putting on Denver and cities across the country,” he added.
A split photo of Joe Biden and immigrants line up as they wait to be processed by the US Border Patrol after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border in Yuma, Arizona, July 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky/ALLISON DINNER/AFP via (Getty Images)
Latin American migrants take part in a caravan to the border with the United States, in Huehuetan, Chiapas state, Mexico, on June 7, 2022. (ISAAC GUZMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Many of these cities have been recipients of thousands of migrants who have been bussed in from Texas, Arizona and Florida to help relieve local migrant facilities.
The New York City mayor particularly complained about the influx of immigrants, saying during the interview that an “onslaught” of immigrants had an impact “on the quality of life in New York.”
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“El Paso shouldn’t have to go through this. Chicago shouldn’t have to go through this. Houston, Washington, New York, no city should have to make a decision about whether they’re going to provide for their citizens, especially coming out of Covid or whether they’re going to face an attack of migrants and asylum seekers”, he said.
President Joe Biden looks on with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a meeting of G7 and NATO leaders in Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 16, 2022. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP)
President Joe Biden with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, July 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Biden’s visit to the southern border comes as he embarks on a two-day summit of North American leaders in Mexico City that begins Monday. He will be joined by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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In addition to the immigration crisis, leaders are expected to discuss how a cooperative North America can address climate change, manufacturing, trade and the economy.
Biden will arrive at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City on Monday afternoon.
Adam Shaw of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.