Biden requires regional framework to ‘dramatically increase’ migration pathways

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President Biden on Thursday known as for a “regional declaration on migration and protection” this summer time to be signed together with different nations — a framework that features provisions to “dramatically expand” migration pathways.

“Our hemisphere migration challenges cannot be solved by one nation or any one border. We have to work together,” Biden mentioned, as his administration continues to grapple with a historic disaster on the U.S. southern border.

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President Joe Biden meets with Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Joe Biden meets with Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez within the Cupboard Room of the White Home, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Washington. (AP Picture/Patrick Semansky)

The Biden administration has leaned onerous right into a “root causes” method to tackling migration, which blames the large surge in migration on the southern border underneath Biden’s watch on issues like poverty, violence and local weather change in Central America.

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Nevertheless, because it has pursued that method, the numbers have remained excessive, with January’s border numbers considerably outstripping these from the prior yr — indicating {that a} surge in the summertime might be on the way in which. In the meantime, BuzzFeed Information reported on Thursday that the Biden administration is planning to inform Mexico that it could quickly finish Trump-era Title 42 public well being protections, and that officers are frightened about “historically and unseasonably high” numbers of migrants.

Biden, assembly with Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez, known as for a regional response to the hemisphere’s migration, together with a “new framework of our nations” to collectively handle migration within the Western Hemisphere. He mentioned the objective is to signal a “regional declaration on migration and protection” with different nations on the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles in June.

Biden mentioned the framework “needs to dramatically expand access to resettlement and other legal pathways to migration, and it needs to aggressively pursue the criminal smugglers and traffickers who prey on all these folks for profit.”

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“That’s the best way, in my view, for us to live up to our collective values and welcome immigrants and refugees, keep migrants safe and secure all our countries,” he mentioned. 

The administration has, along with its root causes clarification, additionally blamed the surge on the Trump administration’s shutting down of authorized asylum pathways. Critics nonetheless, have blamed the surge on the rollback of Trump-era insurance policies, mixed with requires amnesty for unlawful immigrants and a dramatic discount in enforcement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE.)

The Biden administration final month confirmed that it has began eradicating some Venezuelan migrants encountered on the southern border to Colombia underneath Title 42 public well being protections if they’d beforehand lived in Colombia. The variety of Venezuelans encountered on the border had elevated from 206 in December 2020 to 24,819 in December 2021.

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“Mr. President, the United States is going to continue to do our part to support Colombia as you care for Venezuelan refugees,” Biden advised his counterpart.

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