Biden Issues Immigration Order

Joe Biden

( – After repeatedly saying he did not have the power to address the immigration crisis he created, Joe Biden announced a major executive order that will put significant, immediate restrictions on the record number of illegals seeking asylum in the U.S.

The new order directs Customs and Border Protection (CPB) to close the border at designated ports of entry if the average number of daily crossings exceeds 2,500 over a week. This threshold has already been met recently, so much of the southern border will close as soon as midnight.

“Frankly, I would’ve preferred to address this issue through bipartisan legislation because that’s the only way to actually get the kind of system we have now that’s broken fixed, to hire more Border Patrol agents, more asylum officers, more judges,” Biden said at the White House.

“But Republicans have left me no choice. Today, I’m announcing actions to bar migrants who cross our southern border unlawfully from receiving asylum,” he added.

Once the asylum shutdown is in place, the border cannot reopen until the average crossings drop below 1,500 for seven consecutive days and stay that way for two weeks.

Biden’s order is basеd on the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which allows suspеnding immigrant entries if they are “detrimental” to the national intеrest.

Illegals who do not express fear of returning home will face immediate removal and penalties, including a five-year re-entry ban and possible criminal charges.

Moreover, Biden’s order has excеptions for unaccompanied minors, human trafficking victims, immigrants with severe medical emergencies, and those facing imminent threats

This move comes five months before the presidеntial election, which prompted criticism from Republicans.

“President Biden’s Executive Order is nothing more than a desperate political stunt to try and stabilize his plummeting poll numbers,” House GOP leadership said in a joint statement. “Americans can see right through Biden’s election-year stunt.”

In addition, the Biden administration’s order is likely to face legal challenges from immigration advocacy groups, similar to those against Trump’s administration.

Shortly after Tuesday’s announcement, the American Civil Liberties Union quickly announced it would challenge Biden’s border order in court, citing its similarities to the “Trump administration’s asylum ban.”

However, Biden’s administration said it would defend its border policies in court, emphasizing differences from Trump’s policies. Officials claimed they included “important humanitarian and legal changes” that Trump’s administration did not.

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