United States: Biden presents his new immigration policy

by Andrea Shalal and Ted Hesson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will continue to use restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic allowing it to quickly deport Cuban, Nicaraguan and Haitian migrants caught illegally crossing the border with Mexico, the US president announced on Thursday.

Up to 30,000 nationals of these countries and Venezuela will nevertheless be authorized to enter the United States each month, provided that they go there by plane, added Joe Biden.

“This new process is regulated, safe and humane,” he said, adding that his message to migrants without an American sponsor was: “Don’t just show up at the border.”

The US government is trying to stem the record number of migrants crossing the US-Mexico border, and to address the political and humanitarian challenges it poses.

“These decisions will not solve the problems of our immigration system,” said Joe Biden, adding that they “will help a lot”.

According to the US president, a comprehensive immigration plan has been presented to Congress, but Republicans are reportedly unwilling to consider it.

A senior Biden administration official said the president’s intended immigration policy includes new legal avenues for immigration.

“The legal pathways for immigration that we are presenting today are generous,” the official explained. “Bypassing them, however, will lead to serious consequences.”

The issue of immigration will be at the heart of the summit which will bring together Joe Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on January 10 in Mexico City.

(Report Andrea Shalal, Ted Hesson, Doina Chiacu, Matt Spetalnick and Steve Holland; French version Camille Raynaud, edited by Nicolas Delame)

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