Alejandro Mayorkas Southern Border

Alejandro Mayorkas on the Biden Administration’s New Action

On June 4th, 2024, the Biden Administration announced new action to strengthen border security. The Department of Homeland Security fact sheet states that the Biden Administration  announced a series of measures that limit eligibility for asylum and significantly increase the consequences for those who enter across the southern border. 

According to APNews, this new act would bar migrants from being granted asylum when U.S. officials deem that the southern border is overwhelmed. 

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security since 2021, made a statement on the new action, which can be found here. 

“Two weeks ago, I joined others in urging Congress to do what only it can do: fix our broken immigration system and provide our personnel with the resources they need and deserve to do their jobs and advance the safety and security of the American people. For the second time this year, Congress had before it, bipartisan border security legislation that would do just that: deliver the strongest border enforcement tools in thirty years. The legislation was the result of months of hard work by both Republican and Democratic Senators and members of the Biden-Harris Administration.

“Congress failed to pass the tough and much-needed border security legislation. Today, this Administration has taken another executive action to do what it can to strengthen border security in the wake of Congressional inaction. The joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice regulation – an Interim Final Rule – will, during times when high levels of migrant encounters at the southern border exceed our ability to deliver timely consequences, deem certain individuals ineligible for asylum, including those who cross illegally between ports of entry; raise the standard used to adjudicate protection claims; and, speed our ability to deliver consequences.

“This executive action is yet another step the Administration has taken within its existing authorities to deter irregular migration. Throughout the last three fiscal years, a majority of all southwest border encounters resulted in a removal, return, or expulsion. Over the past year alone, we have removed or returned more than 750,000 people, more than in any fiscal year since 2010.

“The tough measures we announced today are no substitute for much-needed reforms that are only possible through legislation. We continue to call on Congress to act. Only Congress can provide our Department with additional statutory authorities that would actually create a functioning immigration system, and only Congress can provide our personnel – in U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – with the resources they need to ensure our border is secure and the system works.”

 


Madison Vilardo | Immigration Correspondent

My name is Madison Vilardo, I am a third year at Plattsburgh State University studying Criminal Justice, Sociology, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Social Justice. I am extremely passionate about social justice especially in terms of the law. I am wanting to research certain laws and use what I have found within my research to help reform certain parts of the law. This is extremely significant because the law has been biased and unfair for way too long now, and change needs to happen. I am so excited to start this journey, and to learn new ways of bringing reform to this country through laws.