Biden To Issue Executive Order Limiting Asylum Rules At US-Mexico Border

President Joe Biden is set to issue an executive order by Tuesday that will partially suspend the processing of asylum claims along the U.S.-Mexico border. This move is aimed at addressing the ongoing immigration crisis, which has seen a significant influx of migrants entering the country.

The executive order is expected to enable U.S. immigration officials to deport migrants who cross the border illegally without formally processing their asylum claims or providing them with a court date. This measure would utilize a presidential authority known as 212(f), which was prominently used during the Trump administration’s “travel ban” on certain majority Muslim countries.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) has criticized the timing of Biden’s expected order, stating, “It’s too little too late now. He’s trying to desperately show the American people that he wants to address the issue that he himself created.” Johnson has repeatedly argued that the Biden administration could have slowed the influx of migrants by issuing similar executive orders earlier. He noted that President Biden had terminated several border actions implemented by former President Trump, which were designed to reduce illegal immigration.

Johnson also highlighted that House Republicans have documented 64 specific actions taken by President Biden and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas since 2021 that he claims have led to the current crisis at the border. “They did it intentionally; it’s had catastrophic effects upon our country that we’ll be living with for decades to come,” Johnson said.

The expected executive order represents a significant shift in Biden’s immigration policy, which has faced intense scrutiny and criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. As the administration seeks to manage the situation at the border, this move is seen as an attempt to curb the flow of illegal immigration and address the mounting pressures on the U.S. immigration system.

CBS News reported that the order would allow for the deportation of migrants without the traditional process of asylum claim adjudication, reflecting a tougher stance on border enforcement. The use of 212(f) authority underscores the administration’s urgent response to the escalating border crisis.

As the nation awaits the official announcement, the implications of this executive order on asylum seekers and the broader immigration system remain to be seen. The move is likely to spark further debate and discussion about the best approaches to managing immigration and securing the U.S. borders.