In an about face for the ages, President Joe Biden last week retreated to the safety of a Trump-era policy to bring some order to the border — and he’s being roasted by immigration advocates.
With Venezuelan migrants flooding the nation’s southern border, the president invoked Title 42 restrictions to block asylum seekers’ entry into the country.
This is the same Title 42 that his own Justice Department is currently fighting in court.
While he was running for president, Biden took every opportunity to disparage then-President Donald Trump’s efforts to maintain control of immigration. In his words, the White House’s actions were “cruelty and exclusion at every turn.”
That was then. Now there are swelling numbers of Venezuelans fleeing the failed socialist system imposed on their country and flooding into the U.S.
That means now it’s time to invoke Title 42, which was imposed by the Trump administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2020. Its purpose was to keep the possibly infected out of the U.S. and it was largely successful.
President Joe Biden last week invoked a Trump-era rule known as Title 42 to deny Venezuelans fleeing their crisis-torn country the chance to request asylum at the border.https://t.co/0yGiUEJGZ9
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Currently the president says that Venezuelans who walk or swim across the southern border will be expelled back into Mexico. Also, Venezuelans who illegally enter Mexico or Panama will be unable to gain U.S. entry.
However, up to 24,000 Venezuelans will be allowed entry at U.S. airports, which is similar to the program for accepting Ukrainians since the Russian invasion.
The border policy marked a sharp reversal for Biden, who castigated Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over flying illegal Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard just weeks ago.
The switch is not sitting well with immigration advocates. Jennifer Nagda of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights accused the White House of “embracing the failures of the past and expanding on them.”
And Murad Awawdeh of the New York Immigration Coalition charged the White House with pursuing “an end run around our humanitarian obligations.”
The Biden administration has floundered through nearly two years without a cohesive immigration policy, and it’s paying the price. Reversing everything that previously worked is all that they have to show for two years — and now they are forced to fall back on it.