Several members of congress criticized former Vice President Joe Biden's administration on Thursday for expanding a policy that would allow authorities to deport migrants.
In a press conference, several members of congress, including New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, called on Biden to rescind his decision to deport migrants from countries such as Haiti, Cuba, and Nicaragua that entered the US illegally using Title 42 of the Trump administration's public health order, which was implemented to address the spread of COVID-19.
The Supreme Court will eventually decide the fate of the executive order.
"In response to the growing number of migrants entering the US illegally, Senator Bob Menendez noted that the country is experiencing a migration crisis at its Southern border. Despite the president's stated intention to end the asylum and border processing, elected officials should still propose legal solutions.
While maintaining the protection of asylum seekers, Biden's policy also ensured that migrants who came to the US without a legal claim would be deported. It is why we are calling on the former Vice President to rescind his plan to implement President Trump's immigration strategy."
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats Hold Press Conference on Border Policies
AOC: "Expand these legal pathways…Here in New York we are ready to put people to work…We can do this and we can do this together." pic.twitter.com/h6FUa4Cs1j
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According to Senator Bob Menendez, the former Vice President's decision to expand the policy that would allow authorities to remove migrants from certain countries was completely contradicting what he said during his time in office.
The US Customs and Border Protection recorded over two million encounters with migrants in the previous fiscal year. The agency's record-breaking surges led to the president's decision to increase the restrictions.
Under Biden's policy, migrants from Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela were able to enter the US through a parole program that allows them to set up an appointment at a US port of entry.
"New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez stated that she was ready to work with the Trump administration to establish a safe and humane border."
Over 80 members of congress sent a letter to Biden expressing their concerns.
The White House did not respond to the request for comment.
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