Over 200,000 migrant encounters occurred in July and August
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas is again blaming root causes in Central America and elsewhere for migrant growth along the southern border – including a “thirst for relief” from those traveling north.
was asked by meyerkas yahoo news Why he thinks border crossings are at a 20-year high, and again blames the Trump administration for closing asylum routes, along with a “root cause” explanation supported by the administration.
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“I think the pieces of many different theories compiled together make a very compelling answer,” the secretary said.
“Slowdown in economies, attendant increase in violence, slowdown in economies exacerbated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, suppression of any humanitarian relief over the past several years, and a suppressed thirst for relief among many isolated populations.” for,” he said. “I think an accumulation of factors contribute to the increase in migration that we’ve seen.”
More than 200,000 migrant encounters took place in both July and August, and the administration also faced a Haitian migrant surge in September, with more than 15,000 migrants camping under the Del Rio International Bridge. Republicans attacked the Biden administration for its policies, saying the backlash of Trump-era border security is the reason for the boom.
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Mayorkes has warned that the US could see a new surge at the border if Trump-era Title 42 public health protections – which allow the rapid expulsion of migrants because of the COVID-19 pandemic – are exhausted.
The administration is fighting in court to keep the limited application of its Title 42 – only 19% of migrant families removed under the order in August.
However, Meyerkas distanced himself from the policy, which angered left-wing immigration activists, reiterating the Trump-era claim that the Title 42 order is not an immigration authority but a public health authority.
“And the Title 42 authority is a public health authority. And it is not an immigration policy. It is not an immigration policy that we will adopt in this administration,” he said. “But we see it as a public health imperative because the Centers for Disease Control has ordered so.”