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Biden’s executive order restricting asylum processing along the U.S. border is expected Tuesday

El Paso, Texas — President Biden is expected to issue a much-anticipated executive order as early as Tuesday to partially suspend the processing of asylum applications along the U.S.-Mexico border, three people briefed on the planned announcement told CBS News.

The sweeping measure should allow U.S. immigration authorities to quickly expel migrants who enter the United States illegally, without processing their asylum claims, when border crossings exceed a certain threshold, the sources said. It would rely on a presidential authority known as Section 212(f), which became infamous during the Trump administration when it was used to enact several immigration restrictions, including the so-called saying “travel ban”.

The partial ban on asylum applications is expected to be activated when daily apprehensions of migrants between ports of entry exceed 2,500, two sources briefed on the policy told CBS News, meaning it would likely go into effect immediately. In May, the Border Patrol recorded an average of 3,800 migrant apprehensions each day, according to agency data obtained by CBS News. The sources warned that the threshold for the final order could be adjusted at the last minute.

Processing of asylum applications at border ports of entry would continue in accordance with the order. Currently, the Biden administration is processing about 1,500 migrants each day at these official crossings, most through a smartphone app-powered system that distributes appointments to those waiting in Mexico. Unaccompanied children should also be exempt from this order.

On Sunday, some Democratic lawmakers were briefed on Mr. Biden’s plans. Mayors of border communities have also been invited to attend the expected announcement on Tuesday.

Mr. Biden’s planned executive action will likely be challenged in court. Virtually all of his major immigration policies have been the subject of lawsuits from migrant advocates or Republican-led states.

Over the past three years, migrant apprehensions along the southern border have reached record levels, creating a humanitarian crisis and a political headache for the Biden administration. Over the past year, polls indicate that immigration has become one of the top concerns of American voters.

However, in recent months, illegal border crossings having dived. In May, the Border Patrol recorded about 118,000 migrant apprehensions between ports of entry along the southern border, the third consecutive monthly decline, according to agency statistics obtained by CBS News. In March and April, the Border Patrol recorded 129,000 and 137,000 arrests, respectively, according to public figures.

U.S. officials have attributed the sharp decline in migrant arrivals to Mexican authorities’ aggressive crackdown on U.S.-bound migrants and increased expulsions by the Biden administration.

Mr. Biden’s expected decision comes after Sunday’s presidential election in Mexicowhich could play a key role in any major change in US border policy, and several weeks before its first presidential debate with former President Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee.

News Source : www.cbsnews.com
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