WASHINGTON: Biden administration intends to use restrictions from the pandemic era to send many migrants from Cuba, Nicaragua, and Haiti who were apprehended at the southwest border back to Mexico while also allowing some to enter the country by air for humanitarian reasons.
The last most recent measure is being considered after the US Supreme Court said this week that limitations from the epidemic era, known as Title 42, must remain in effect for a period of time that may last months while a legal dispute about their future plays out.
Under Republican former President Donald Trump’s Title 42, which was first released in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, border officers can swiftly send migrants to Mexico without giving them the option to request asylum.
Deportations to Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela have been hampered by chilly diplomatic ties between the US and those governments. Due to domestic political and economic unrest, an increasing number of migrants from those nations have traveled to the US-Mexico border in search of refuge in the US.
The proposed policies for citizens of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Haiti would be based on a current initiative for Venezuelans that was started in October. If they have US sponsors, the program permits up to 24,000 Venezuelans who are currently outside the US to request to enter the nation by plane under “humanitarian parole.” Venezuelans stopped while attempting to cross the border are often sent back to Mexico.
A change in policy for Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans might happen this week, according to two authorities. It may be applied to the first two categories this week and Nicaraguans later, according to a third official. A fourth US official told Reuters that no decisions have been taken that are definitive. The officials discussed internal planning under the condition of anonymity.
Although politicians and advocates have condemned the Biden administration for sending back individuals while the country is experiencing political and economic unrest, Haiti has welcomed deportees and migrants removed under Title 42.