Sunday, March 20, 2022

Joe Biden Previews Goal for U.S. and Latin America to ‘Dramatically Expand’ Access to Legal Immigration; Biden Calls for Regional Framework to 'dramatically expand' Migration Pathways

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Joe Biden Previews Goal for U.S. and Latin America to ‘Dramatically Expand’ Access to Legal Immigration:
President Joe Biden previewed a future “declaration” to address the migrant crisis at the southern border of the United States during a meeting at the White House with the president of Colombia.
“It needs to dramatically expand access to resettlement and other legal pathways to migration,” he said.
Biden spoke about his migration expansion plan during a visit with Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez, telling reporters he wanted to sign a declaration at the “Summit of the Americas” in June in Los Angeles.
“That’s the best way in my view for us to live up to our collective values, to welcome immigrants and refugees, keep migrants safe and secure [in] all our countries,” he said.
It is unclear how significant the upcoming declaration will be, or whether it will have any legal ramifications, but it signals Biden’s latest thinking on his path forward on handling the border crisis. --->READ MORE HERE
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Biden calls for regional framework to 'dramatically expand' migration pathways:
President Biden on Thursday called for a "regional declaration on migration and protection" this summer to be signed along with other nations -- a framework that includes provisions to "dramatically expand" migration pathways.
"Our hemisphere migration challenges cannot be solved by one nation or any one border. We have to work together," Biden said, as his administration continues to grapple with a historic crisis at the U.S. southern border.
The Biden administration has leaned hard into a "root causes" approach to tackling migration, which blames the enormous surge in migration at the southern border under Biden’s watch on things like poverty, violence and climate change in Central America.
However, as it has pursued that approach, the numbers have remained high, with January’s border numbers significantly outstripping those from the prior year -- indicating that a surge in the summer could be on the way. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday that the Biden administration is planning to tell Mexico that it may soon end Trump-era Title 42 public health protections, and that officials are worried about "historically and unseasonably high" numbers of migrants. --->READ MORE HERE
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