Biden Officials Are Considering A Process To Allow Some “Vulnerable” Immigrants To Avoid Trump-Era Border Restrictions

The plan, which has not been finalized, would create a system to potentially grow what’s already been happening on the southern border: immigrants receiving exceptions to the turn-back policy.

The Biden administration is considering a process that would allow some immigrants to receive humanitarian exceptions to enter the US despite a controversial Trump-era border policy that has led to many asylum-seekers at the southern border being turned away, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The plan, which has not been finalized, would create a system to potentially grow what’s already been happening on the southern border: immigrants receiving exceptions to the turn-back policy. The plan comes amid a chorus of criticism levied toward President Joe Biden for continuing a policy that has led to tens of thousands of immigrants being expelled at the southern border, including those who fled their home countries and are seeking protection.

Despite the considerations, Department of Homeland Security officials are expected to still turn around the vast majority of immigrants at the border.

Since March 2020, border officials have used a section of the public health code known as Title 42 to immediately turn back immigrants at the border in order to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Previously, immigrants had had the opportunity to claim fear of being returned to their home countries, something that’s unavailable when deported under Title 42.

In recent weeks, however, Department of Homeland Security officials began drafting a plan to allow those in especially vulnerable situations to have the chance at a humanitarian exception to the policy, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.

By Hamed Aleaziz for BUZZFEED NEWS
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