Biden Ends Trump Border Policy

The Biden administration will immediately reverse a policy implemented under former President Donald Trump limiting the number of asylum-seekers who can apply at land ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Customs and Border Protection disclosed the new policy in a memo issued Monday, ending the agency’s two-year practice of “metering” or capping the number of migrants who could make asylum claims daily.

“Today, Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas rescinded Secretary [Kirstjen] Nielsen’s June 5, 2018 memorandum, Prioritization-Based Queue Management, upon my recommendation,” acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller wrote in a memo, referring to the previous and current Department of Homeland Security secretaries.

The Trump administration had implemented the cap while higher than normal numbers of noncitizens were applying for asylum in the United States. As a result of the cap, some asylum-seekers opted to enter the U.S. illegally by crossing the border between ports of entry, where Border Patrol agents would take them into custody. As many families began illegally entering the country in 2019, CBP was overwhelmed and increasingly released people into the U.S., unable to detain them.

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