Joe Biden’s new migration policy is already showing significant results

Emmanuel Paul
Emmanuel Paul - Journalist/ Storyteller

The new migration policy of Joe Biden’s administration, adopted in favor of Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans, is already generating significant results.

In an effort to reduce the flow of migrants to the southern border of the United States, the American president has decided to welcome 30,000 citizens from these four countries into the United States each month. This provision also allows border agents to turn back to Mexico migrants from these countries attempting to enter the United States through the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mexico has also agreed to accept 30,000 migrants turned away by U.S. customs agents, according to an agreement between the governments of the two countries.

Since the measure was adopted, border patrols have made only 4,000 arrests, a 40 percent decrease from last month when customs agents arrested 251,487 immigrants, according to CBSNews, citing U.S. customs officials.

These desperate citizens seeking refuge in the United States are mostly from Cuba and Nicaragua. As of December 2022, customs agents had arrested 42,637 Cubans and 35,389 Nicaraguans, compared to 33,000 citizens of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador combined, according to statistics released by U.S. Customs, cited by CBSNews.

The U.S. administration continues to use all the communication tools to prove the success of the new program. Indeed, figures are regularly published by the U.S. Immigration on the number of people who have already been admitted under this program.

Several Haitians accepted in the United States

This week, CaribbeanTelevisionNetwork and ZoomHaitinews interviewed Alan and Phanel Similien, who are among the first Haitians admitted to the program.

In the meantime, the U.S. government continues to use “Title 42” to deport immigrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally via the southern border. A policy adopted under the administration of Donald Trump under the pretext of preventing the spread of the Coronavirus.

Invalidated by a federal court, Donald Trump’s controversial health law is being upheld by the Supreme Court pending further evaluation.

Opinions differ on Joe Biden’s new migration policy. While some see it as an opportunity for the citizens of the four countries involved, others see it as a continuation of Donald Trump’s policy of trying to keep immigrants from certain countries out of the United States.

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