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Mexico fears Biden policies fueling migrants’ surge on border: report

Washington: Mexico’s government is raising concerns that the Biden administration’s immigration policies are incentivizing illegal immigration and organized crime, a new report revealed.

The Wednesday report from Reuters outlined concerns from Mexican officials over the President Biden’s immigration policies as apprehensions at the southern border hit a 15-year high in February.

Specifically, Mexico is concerned about the policies that have broadened support for migrants who are gang and violence victims as well as the easing of the legalization process.

Mexican officials are also concerned about Biden rolling back President Trump’s hardline immigration policies. such as the policy that deported detained migrants to Central America.

The report also revealed that the gangs involved in facilitating illegal immigration are looking at the policies “incentiviz[ing] migration” and adjusting their modus operandi for smuggling accordingly.

A Mexican official speaking anonymously told Reuters that the way organized crime was conducted in the country changed “from the day Biden took office.”

“Migrants have become a commodity,” the official told Reuters, saying that migrants are now valued as highly as illicit narcotics.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in a March 1 virtual meeting with Biden that many of the people attempting to enter the U.S. illegally see Biden as “the migrant president” and that “so many feel” they’ll reach America.

“We need to work together to regulate the flow, because this business can’t be tackled from one day to the next,” Obrador added.

According to assessments obtained by Reuters, migrants are still being told to bring children with them to the border to make it easier to apply for asylum. Additionally, the coyotes and other smugglers are telling migrants from Central America to tell asylum officials they are victims of extortion.

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Undoing Trump’s border policies will take months: Biden

Wilmington, DE: President-elect Joe Biden says it will take months to roll back some of President Trump’s actions on immigration, tempering expectations he generated during his campaign and one that may rile advocates pushing for speedy action on the issue.

He warned that moving too quickly could create a new crisis at the border.

Speaking to reporters in his home town Wednesday, Biden said he’s already started discussing the issues with the Mexican president and “our friends in Latin America” and that “the timeline is to do it so that we in fact make it better not worse.”

“The last thing we need is to say we’re going to stop immediately, the access to asylum, the way it’s being run now, and then end up with 2 million people on our border,” Biden said.

His comments come as interceptions along the border have increased in recent months. US authorities encountered migrants at the border with Mexico more than 70,000 times in October and in November, four times April’s tally. Some experts predict the surge could increase in the early months of Biden’s presidency.

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DACA: Supreme Court rules in favor of ‘Dreamers’

Washington: In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court has rejected Donald Trump administration’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The Barack Obama-era program provided legal protections and work permits to “Dreamers” – undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children..

The court, in a 5-4 opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, said the administration acted arbitrarily when it moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, failing to offer adequate reasons for doing so, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“The dispute before the Court is not whether (Department of Homeland Security) may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a majority opinion that was joined by the court’s more liberal justices.

Justice Clarence Thomas, in his dissent, argued that the Obama-era program was “unlawful from its inception”.

Most of the children protected by the DACA programme are from Mexico and other Latin American countries.

DACA recipients told BBC that they were relieved and surprised by the ruling on Thursday, and many said they would continue advocating for immigration reform.

“It’s a very needed win and this is giving us the fuel we needed to continue moving forward and to keep fighting for the rest of our families and the community that does not have DACA,” one recipient said.

Abolishment of the DACA program was a key part of Trump’s hardline immigration policy.

Slamming the court’s decision, Trump wrote in a series of tweets, “These horrible and politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives.”

In a second tweet, he wrote, “Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?”

Approximately, 700,000 people are now enrolled in DACA, which allows a renewable two-year deferral from deportation and makes applicants eligible for work permits, driver’s licenses, and health insurance.

Trump announced intentions to rescind DACA in September 2017.

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