Biden makes first trip as president to U.S.-Mexico border following announcement to crack down on illegal crossings

President Joe Biden took his first trip to the U.S.- Mexico border since becoming president following his announcement earlier this week to crack down on illegal border crossings.

News 12 Staff

Jan 8, 2023, 10:50 PM

Updated 554 days ago

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President Joe Biden took his first trip to the U.S.- Mexico border since becoming president following his announcement earlier this week to crack down on illegal border crossings.
Biden's announcement was met with criticism from Sen. Corey Booker and Sen. Robert Menendez. They put out a joint statement expressing their disappointment by the administration to expand the use of Title 42, which allows officials to expel migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexican border illegally.
This was a pandemic era measure implemented by the Trump administration. Approximately 2.5 million people have been expelled under Title 42.
Booker and Menendez said this will only Increase border crossings over time and enrich human smuggling networks.
Organizations who work with those seeking asylum in New Jersey also disagreed with the president's announcement and want to see more done in New Jersey.
Biden said the U.S. would immediately begin turning away Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans crossing the border from Mexico illegally under an expansion on Trump era Title 42.
"The president should have realized that the people who are at the border seeking asylum are not necessarily the same people who are going to be able to take advantage of the program he just announced," said Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, of the Reformed Church of Highland Park.
Kaper-Dale, whose church takes in asylum seekers, said it's not a one-size-fits-all solution.
"These are very personalized cases, you don't think in terms of blanket statements referring to entire nations," he said.
Through the new policy, the U.S. will accept 30,000 people per month from the four nations for two years and offer work opportunities if they come in through this process, have an eligible sponsor and pass a background check.
Last year, the nation saw the bussing of migrant workers and asylum seekers from border states to sanctuary states. New Jersey is currently home to some 475,000 undocumented immigrants.
"I don't feel that Gov. Murphy has done enough to really proactively help New Jersey to welcome new asylum seekers. I think he can. I think his heart is always in the right place on these things, but I think we have a lot of work to do to really prepare ourselves to be ready," Kaper-Dale added.
From El Paso, Biden will head to Mexico City to meet with leaders of Mexico and Canada for the North American leaders' summit.


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