The Biden administration is experiencing yet another lesson in rhetoric versus actions and the border crisis. As political unrest is escalating in Haiti and Cuba, the White House’s message is confusing and frustrating.
On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told refuges not to head to U.S. waters. “Allow me to be clear: of you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States” said Mayorkas. Let’s see how liberal media handles Mayorkas’ statements in comparison with former President Trump and his administration officials.
Mayorkas himself is a Cuban immigrant who fled with his family to the United States in 1960. “If individuals make, establish a well-founded fear of persecution or torture, they are referred to third countries for resettlement” added Mayorkas. “They will not enter the United States.”
Many liberals and immigration advocates strongly condemned Mayorkas’ remarks “saying they undermined the Biden administration’s stated goal of expanding the humanitarian immigration programs that were gutted under former President Trump” reports CBS News.
“The U.S. government shouldn’t be using this system of off-shore processing to evade our refugee protection laws” said Kennji Kizuka, the associate director of research and analysis at Human Rights First. “They should allow people to land in the United States and go through their full asylum proceedings” Kizuka added.
CBS News reports:
Domestic law allows migrants to request asylum once they reach U.S. soil. But during the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government has been citing a public health law to expel most migrants without permitting them to seek refuge.
Currently, if Haitian and Cuban asylum-seekers are exempted from the pandemic-era border policy known as Title 42, first enacted by Mr. Trump and continued by the Biden administration, they are allowed to stay in the U.S. while their cases are adjudicated.
While Cuban migrants no longer benefit from the policy known as “Wet foot, dry foot” that was discontinued by President Obama, they can still apply for green cards after a year of living in the U.S.