Asylum seekers call on Biden to reverse Trump immigration policies, protect ‘vulnerable’ populations

Asylum seekers call on Biden to reverse Trump immigration policies, protect ‘vulnerable’ populations

A
group
of

asylum
seekers
waiting
in

Mexico
is
calling
upon
the
incoming

Biden
administration
to
reverse

President
Trump’s
signature
policies
on
immigration,
namely
an
end
to
the
“Remain
in
Mexico
Policy.”

The
group
spoke
Tuesday
at
a
virtual
press
conference
organized
by
Pueblo
Sin
Fronteras,
an
immigration
rights
group
known
for
organizing
high-profile
migrant
caravans
in
Mexico
and
Central
America.

A
four-minute
video
played
reiterating
demands
outlined
in
an

open
letter
to
President
Joe
Biden
and

Vice
President
Kamala
Harris.

“We
are
confident
that
in
your
new
administration,
many
of
the
proposals
that
you
have
made
in
your
campaign
related
to
the
defense
of
migrants,
will
be
put
into
practice,
as
soon
as
possible,”
the
letter
read.

The
organizers
noted
that
thousands
of
families
have,
for
more
than
a
year,
been
waiting
at
the
border
in
dangerous
areas
while
their
asylum
requests
are
being
processed.

The
letter
requested
the
following
items
be
included
in
Biden’s
main
agenda:
open
the
U.S.
border
for
asylum
seekers,
the
elimination
of
Trump’s
“Remain
in
Mexico”
policy,
waiting
lists
to
apply
for
asylum,
the
separation
of
migrant
families,
guaranteed
legal
representation
for
asylum
seekers,
and
the
guaranteed
right
to
request
asylum

specifically
for
vulnerable
populations
like
pregnant
women
and
unaccompanied
children.


BIDEN
IMMIGRATION
BILL
WOULD
PUT
MILLIONS
OF
ILLEGAL
IMMIGRANTS
ON
8-YEAR
FAST-TRACK
TO
CITIZENSHIP

“We
are
also
committed
to
complying
with
the
sanitary
measures
established
for
the
protection
of
health,
both
for
ourselves
and
for
the
citizens
of
the
United
States,
without
this
paralyzing
the
asylum
process,”
the
letter
read.
“We
appreciate
your
attention
to
these
requests,
and
we
expect
a
favorable
response
within
your
first
100
days
in
office.”

The
press
conference
in
Tijuana
comes
just
one
day
before
Biden
is
set
to
inaugurated
as
the
nation’s
47th
president.

Meanwhile,
a
caravan
of
Honduran
immigrants
has
been
making
its
way
to
the
United
States.
Some
of
its
members
have
been
interviewed
saying
their
aim
is
to
get
to
the
U.S.
to
benefit
from
Biden’s
pledge
on
the
campaign
trail
to
suspend
deportations
for
100
days
after
he
takes
office.

By
Tuesday,
the
caravan
had
largely
dissipated
in
the
face
of
security
forces
in
Guatemala.
Small
groups
pressed
on
toward
the
Mexican
border,
while
others
accepted
rides
from
authorities
back
to
Honduras.


BIDEN’S
DHS
PICK
ON
MIGRANT
CARAVAN:
‘THERE
IS
A
COMMITMENT
TO
FOLLOW
OUR
ASYLUM
LAWS’

Buses
carrying
dozens
of
migrants
and
police
patrol
vehicles
carrying
handfuls
arrived
sporadically
through
the
morning
at
the
Guatemala-Honduras
border
crossing
of
El
Florido.
They
were
passed
from
Guatemalan
border
agents
to
their
Honduran
counterparts
and
then
boarded
buses
that
would
take
them
back
to
their
hometowns.

Some
25
miles
into
Guatemala
where
hundreds
of
migrants
had
been
stalled
at
a
roadblock
in
Vado
Hondo
for
several
days,
traffic
flowed
smoothly
Tuesday
and
few
migrants
remained.
Guatemala’s
immigration
authorities
reported
that
through
Monday
more
than
2,300
migrants
had
been
returned
to
Honduras.

If
Guatemala’s
government
had
indeed
dissolved
the
year’s
first
caravan,
it
would
be
a
relief
to
the
incoming
U.S.
administration.
Biden
has
promised
immigration
reform,
but
for
now
plans
to
leave
Trump-era
border
policies
in
place
fearing
a
surge
of
migrants
when
he
takes
office.

Fox
News
has
reached
out
to
Biden’s
transition
with
a
request
for
comment. 

A
Biden
transition
official
told
NBC
News
on
Sunday
that
migrants
expected
a
sudden
change
of
immigration
policies
in
the
United
States
under
a
Biden
administration
are
likely
to
be
disappointed.


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They
“need
to
understand
they’re
not
going
to
be
able
to
come
into
the
U.S.
immediately,”
he
said.

Biden’s
Secretary
of
State
nominee
Anthony
Blinken
echoed
those
sentiments
on
Tuesday.
When
asked
what
he
would
say
to
migrants
headed
to
the
U.S.
in
a
Caravan,
he
said:
“I
would
say
do
not
come.” 


The
Associated
Press
contributed
to
this
report.

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