WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has launched a House Republican campaign aimed at limiting asylum, building more border walls and curtailing programs that give immigrants the chance to stay in the United States legally for two years. Administration officials said Monday they would veto the bill.
Republicans take the spotlight as migrants surge into national news this week due to the end of COVID-19 restrictions that allowed border officials to quickly return many migrants who crossed the border illegally They aim to vote on the Border Security Act on Thursday — the same day emergency powers expire. Officials have already seen a surge in immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border and are preparing for more.
The Act Represents the Republican Party’s First Major Immigration Policy Proposal from Trump era, when hard-line immigration opposition was in control of the White House. The 213-page bill would revive many of Trump’s policies, including building barriers along hundreds of miles of borders, and in some cases push forward the former president’s aggressive policies.
With little chance of passage through the Democratic-controlled Senate, it faces strong headwinds from some Republican lawmakers representing farming regions over the requirement for businesses to verify the legal immigration status of their employees. .
But if it was on the president’s desk, he would refuse, an official not authorized to speak publicly about the as-yet-unannounced decision told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The bill would cut a program that would allow U.S. officials to expedite immigration from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba and Nicaragua.
The Biden administration has long argued that Congress needs to act at the border to fix the key problems that have led to record numbers of illegal immigration. is not the way to do it.
Strict new rules about to take effect this week will limit the number of people who can apply for asylum at the border, instead allowing migrants to skip the dangerous and deadly journey to the north, through a new app, or to the region. encourages applicants to apply for asylum with the opening of hubs in both in Guatemala and Colombia.