Biden to visit the US-Mexico Border for the first time as president
President Joe Biden visiting the southern border for the first time during his presidency on Sunday.
The president is expected to visit El Paso before arriving in Mexico City for an international summit on Monday and Tuesday. “The president is very much looking forward to seeing for himself what the border security situation will look like,” he said. John Kirby, the White House national security spokesman. “This is something he wanted to see for himself.”
In fiscal year 2022, there was a record 2.4 million migrant visits at the southern border. Of the Border Patrol divisions along the Mexican border, El Paso has become the busiest in recent months.
The visit comes just days after Biden announced new immigration policies on Thursday, expanding the use of Title 42, which Donald Trump– a policy era that enables border agents to quickly deport migrants at the border without a chance to obtain asylum. (The Supreme Court will hear arguments about Title 42 in February, after temporarily upholding the policy in December.)
The new policies meanwhile aim to accept 30,000 people per month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela for two years if they have a financial sponsor and pass background checks.
“We can’t stop people from making the trip, but we can ask them to come here … in an orderly manner under US law,” Biden he said during a speech at the White House.
Several immigration experts criticized the new policies.
Dylan Corbett, executive director of El Paso’s Hope Border Institute, lambasted the new policy, calling it a “dangerous, ineffective and inhumane policy.” He said, “For once, just once, I would like to see this administration make a moral argument to the rest of the country that we need to put an effective, humane, accessible, welcoming and compassionate defense system in place at the border .”
“This week’s policy announcements completely ignore the reality of the situation of asylum seekers, many of whom arrive at our border fleeing imminent threats life,” he said. Melissa CrowDirector of Litigation at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies.
Even the Democratic Mayor of New York Eric AdamsBiden supporter, disappointed with the president’s new policies: “This is a real problem we are facing and we have to raise that level I believe we have to do what we have to do to solve a problem.”
At the same time, Ron DeSantisThe Republican governor of Florida who is suspected of being Trump’s opponent in 2024, activated the Florida National Guard on Friday after more than 300 migrants arrived on January 1, according to a statement by DeSantis.
“As the negative effects of Biden’s lawless immigration policies continue unabated, the burden of the Biden administration’s failure rests with local law enforcement that lacks the resources to respond to the crisis,” DeSantis said Friday.