International News Biden to permit Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' asylum seekers

International News Biden to permit Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' asylum seekers

The agency said, "Beginning on February 19, the Department of Homeland Security will begin phase one of a program to restore safe and orderly processing at the southwest border".

Currently, nearly 35,000 asylum applications are being processed.

The first wave of an estimated 25,000 asylum-seekers with active cases in the "Remain in Mexico" programme will be allowed into the USA on February 19, authorities said.

Other discussions with leaders at the summit will focus on economic recovery from the pandemic, which left millions out of work in the U.S. alone, as well as the G7's economic stance towards China, which the president has vowed to hold accountable for acts of economic espionage and other disputed trade issues, The Hill reported.

"As President Biden has made clear, the US government is committed to rebuilding a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system", DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.

'This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation's values, ' Mayorkas said in a statement.

The program was part of Trump's hard-line policies to stop illegal immigration that was known to his administration, and included efforts to build a border wall, and measures that led to the separation of children from thousands of immigrant families.

On Biden's first day in office, the Homeland Security Department suspended the policy for new arrivals.

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On Biden's first day in office, the DHS announced that it would suspend the MPP program for new enrollments as of January 21.

Washington said Friday that applicants "should not come to the border before they are asked to do so".

Lopez Obrador also welcomed Biden's proposal to set up a visa system for Mexican and Central American migrants.

"This announcement should not be interpreted as an opening for people to migrate irregularly to the United States", the release stated, adding that only those with active cases will be allowed at designated times.

Immigrants in Mexico welcomed the policy change in Washington.

'With this news our miracle is on the verge of becoming reality, ' said Nicol Bueso, a 19-year-old Honduran who has been living in a shelter in Ciudad Juarez on the United States border for a year and a half.

Jose Madrid, a 40-year-old Honduran, thanked the Biden administration.

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