The United States is planning to expand a border control program that combines migrant expulsion along with a number of pre-approved entries monthly. Under the program, the United States would allow 30,000 Cubans, Nicaraguans, Haitians, and Venezuelans to enter each month. At the same time, the efforts to detain and expel migrants who appear at the border unauthorized are going to be increasing.
As part of the program, there will also be an increase in border enforcement as well as an online reservation system that can be used by immigrants who want to apply so that they can enter the country through one of the ports of entry. There is also going to be an expansion in the refugee system while law enforcement will try to crack down on smuggling networks.
In a speech from the White House’s Roosevelt Room President Biden said that currently, the country does not have a “safe and orderly process at the border” instead there is a “patchwork system” which is not functioning properly. There is also a shortage of asylum officers or personnel able to assist those who do qualify for asylum.
The administration is going to be taking many steps in order to increase the levels of enforcement for those who enter the country without “a legal right to stay”. He added that a “faster process” will also be put in place for those seeking asylum.
Biden is set to visit Mexico City and attend the North American Leaders Summit. There he is set to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.