Biden Admin Orders Migrant Release Contradicting His Own Ban

In an unexpected turn, the Biden administration has instructed border agents in California to release migrants from 94 countries into the U.S., despite a recent executive order designed to curb illegal immigration. The Washington Examiner reported on this directive, which came to light through a leaked Border Patrol document.

The directive, which targets the San Diego area, specifies that only migrants from Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan will be fast-tracked for removal by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Migrants from other countries will be allowed to enter the U.S. and await their asylum process, contrary to the administration’s earlier stance.

Earlier in the week, Biden administration officials had announced new restrictions on asylum seekers, promising quick consequences for all migrants irrespective of their origin. A senior administration official had declared, “Extra-hemispheric migrants have always been a challenge. They will be subject to these rules, provisions.”

This new guidance, however, appears to soften that stance. Migrants from Asia, Europe, and Africa frequently reach San Diego and are often challenging to repatriate. Despite this, a Customs Border Protection official informed the Examiner that agents would continue processing migrants from all nationalities for expedited removal, highlighting potential inconsistencies in the administration’s policies. Additionally, the official noted that funding constraints affect the implementation of Biden’s original executive order.

According to the New York Post, tens of thousands of migrants could bypass Biden’s new order if their home countries do not accept repatriation. A leaked memo indicated that single adults and families from such countries might still undergo expedited removal or section 240 proceedings, effectively allowing them to remain in the U.S. as before.

Former President Donald Trump criticized Biden’s executive order during a Newsmax interview, labeling it a “public relations executive order.” Trump commented, “First of all, it’s a nothing that he did and allowing massive numbers of people still to come in, and it’s just misinformation, disinformation, and just another hit job.”

These developments underscore the ongoing challenges and contradictions in the Biden administration’s immigration policy, reflecting the complexities in managing illegal immigration and enforcing uniform policies across various regions and migrant groups.