After months in which 100,000 asylum requests are rejected at the border per month, the Biden administration agrees with pro-immigrant organizations to increase the daily quota.
So far, the federal administration of the United States has been processing a maximum of 35 asylum cases a day at the borders. At the same time, thousands of people are automatically rejected every week, mainly under the guise of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government will begin to process 250 cases a day between all the borders and ports of entry to the country from now on. The change follows an agreement reached by the Biden administration and immigrant advocacy associations such as the ACLU (Civil Rights Association) and the Texas Civil Rights Project. Both associations, along with others, had filed a class-action lawsuit against the government to end Title 42, an executive order in force that allowed the government to immediately expel an average of 100,000 immigrants a month on the premise that they were a risk from the coronavirus.
Although the lawsuit has been put on hold, the government sat down to negotiate with the associations and the DHS (Department of Security, for its acronym in English). As part of this negotiation, two thousand cases of people requesting asylum have already been processed.
Who is being allowed to enter?
They are only migrants in a condition of extreme risk or vulnerability. Most of the cases occur on the southern border. Generally, those who are being accepted are people with health conditions that are not treated in Mexico, pregnant women, victims of extortions, kidnappings, and families from other countries who have been stranded in Mexico for a long time.
For months immigrant defense organizations have been denouncing thousands of cases of people in highly vulnerable conditions that were being rejected. The most frequently seen cases, as described in the class-action lawsuit, have to do with patients with type 1 diabetes - who cannot safely inject insulin in Mexico -, children with complex medical conditions. Adults with kidney and heart complications, psychiatric patients, are at risk: suicide, and people in need of urgent surgery.
What organizations are helping migrants?
In addition to the ACLU and the Texas Civil Rights Project, McAllen Catholic charity in Texas, the Casa del Migrants in Matamoros, and the Migrant Health Alliance in Tijuana has participated in legal proceedings and are cooperating to review the case. Are Among the people at risk who were diverted to the border.
Under the leadership of the ACLU, the new quota of 250 immigrants will be controlled by these organizations.
Entering political asylum at the border is a legal process. For decades the United States accepted these types of cases, which are then processed for final approval. Without changing the law, the Trump administration modified the mode of processing by requiring that all the processing be done from abroad and that they enter the country once they had approval - which could take years.
Under the slogan that allowing the entry of more migrants put the health of Americans at risk during the pandemic, the Biden administration changed the requirement that asylums be processed abroad but has rejected almost all of the cases that arrive. To the border so far. This is the first move for the condition to change.