According to internal documents obtained by CBS News, the Biden administration has finalized a sweeping restriction on asylum that it plans to use to increase swift deportations of migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border after the Title 42 pandemic-era emergency policy expires on Thursday.
The regulation was published on Wednesday, less than 48 hours before Title 42’s expiration, and hundreds of U.S. asylum officers were trained on how to enforce it on Tuesday. CBS News first reported on the regulation’s finalization on Tuesday, along with the guidance given to asylum officers who will be implementing it.
The regulation, which is anticipated to be contested in federal court, represents the administration reverting back to a Trump-era border policy. It disqualifies migrants from U.S. protection if they do not request refugee status in another country, such as Mexico, while traveling to the southern border.
This shift has recently accelerated due to historically high levels of migrant arrivals, which have further strained an already overloaded asylum system, overwhelmed border communities, and become a political liability for Biden ahead of his 2024 campaign.
To curb the spread of Covid-19 in the early days of the pandemic, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a public health order. This order, commonly known as Title 42 because of the corresponding section in US law, authorized officials to expel migrants at US land borders without delay.
Individuals encountered under Title 42 were either sent back to their home countries or returned to Mexico. According to data from US Customs and Border Protection, this policy has resulted in the expulsion of over 2.8 million migrants at the US-Mexico border since its implementation.
U.S. finalizes asylum restriction to ramp up border deportations once Title 42 lapses
El Paso, Texas — The Biden administration has finalized a sweeping restriction on asylum that it plans to use to ramp up swift deportations of migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border after the Title 42 pandemic-era emergency policy sunsets on Thursday, according to internal documents obtained by CBS News.
Hundreds of U.S. asylum officers were trained on how to enforce the restriction on Tuesday and the regulation was published on Wednesday, less than 48 hours before Title 42 is set to expire. CBS News first reported the regulation’s finalization on Tuesday, as well as the guidance issued to asylum officers charged with implementing it.
The regulation, which is expected to be challenged in federal court, will be a dramatic shift in asylum policy, disqualifying migrants from U.S. protection if they fail to request refugee status in another country, such as Mexico, on their journey to the southern border.
The rule also represents a major pivot by President Biden, a Democrat who campaigned on restoring access to the U.S. asylum system after numerous Trump administration rules made it more difficult for migrants to secure refuge on American soil. In fact, the regulation published Wednesday resembles a Trump-era policy struck down in federal court that Mr. Biden decried in 2020.
If upheld, the Biden administration’s rule will cement a growing bipartisan rejection of the asylum laws that Congress enacted in 1980 to conform with international treaties designed to prevent nations from turning away refugees to places where they could be persecuted, as the U.S. did to some Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.
The years-in-the-making shift has intensified recently, as historically high levels of migrant arrivals have further strained a massively backlogged asylum system, overwhelmed border communities and created a political liability for Mr. Biden ahead of his re-election bid.
Under the rule, migrants who cross the southern border without authorization will be presumed to be ineligible for asylum if they can’t prove they previously requested protection in a third country. In practice, it will disqualify most non-Mexican migrants who enter the U.S. between ports of entry from asylum.
Migrants who secure an appointment to enter the U.S. under a mobile app-powered system will not be barred from asylum under the policy. The rule will also not apply to unaccompanied children.
According to internal training documents, only migrants with “exceptionally compelling circumstances” will be able to overcome the rule’s asylum bar. Those include migrants with an “acute medical emergency,” those who face an “imminent and extreme threat” in Mexico and victims of “a severe form of human trafficking.”
In order to avoid being deported and banished from the U.S. for five years, those who don’t qualify for any exemption will need to pass interviews with heightened standards designed to lead to more rejections than traditional “credible fear” interviews, according to the training materials.
The restriction is the centerpiece of the Biden administration’s attempt to blunt a potentially historic increase in the number of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border when the Title 42 expulsions are discontinued at midnight on Thursday. Unauthorized border arrivals have already spiked, with Border Patrol averaging more than 8,700 daily migrant apprehensions during a three-day period this past week, an increase from the 5,200 average in March.
While Title 42 allowed U.S. border officials to cite public health concerns to expel hundreds of thousands of migrants without hearing their asylum claims, the new rule is, in many ways, a tougher policy. Because migrants expelled under Title 42 did not face immigration or criminal penalties, the measure encouraged some to make repeated border crossing attempts.
But those who can’t prove they are eligible for an exemption to the new rule will face swift deportation to Mexico or their home country — as well as a five-year banishment from the U.S. — under a process known as expedited removal. If they try to re-enter the U.S. after being deported, they could face criminal prosecution and jail time, the Biden administration has warned.
We Found Photos of Ten Subways Around the Globe That Show Just How Far America Has Fallen
The dark, dank and dangerous New York City subway is back in the news thanks to the recent death of a Jordan Neely — a violent, mentally ill career criminal who terrorized commuters for at least a decade.
Neely had a plan to get arrested and return to jail just so he could have a place to eat and sleep. Neely went berserk on the subway, causing terror among the passengers. Fortunately, a former Marine named Daniel Penny stepped in as a good Samaritan and managed to subdue Neely, who died while he was being restrained.
For over a decade Neely, a so-called Michael Jackson impersonator, made commuting a nightmare for subway riders. He would verbally abuse passengers and intimidate them into giving him money. Back in 2013 Reddit users made a thread about him, warning subway riders to steer clear of him. Neely had a rap sheet that was a mile long — he once punched an elderly woman in the face and rather than addressing the epidemic of mentally ill schizophrenic drug-addicted criminals terrorizing the law-abiding population and acknowledging the reality that Neely got his just desserts, Democrats are attacking the Good Samaritan who heroically subdued this madman. We can only conclude that the left wants the public to accept violence, filth, and harassment as a “normal” part of public transport and urban life.
And if you’re not getting beaten to a pulp on a city subway, you’re likely to be sitting or standing in utter filth and decay.
Notably, these same dangerous, filthy, and depressing conditions don’t exist in other big cities around the world. We scoured the internet and found photos of ten subway systems from around the globe, and you’ll be amazed at how distinctly different they are from NYC’s subway experience.
Are those velvet seats?
The blue and glass colors make for a very relaxing vibe in Munich.
When you’re on the go, you want something that’s calming and comforting, and that’s exactly what this provides.
It’s bright, cheerful, and wonderfully artistic.
You could eat off the floor on a Singapore subway.
The platform and the trains literally sparkle.
The Tokyo metro system is renowned for its cleanliness, safety, and remarkable punctuality.