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Biden-Harris administration’s new immigration policy to impact Black migrants

by The Grio

The Biden-Harris administration’s latest asylum regulation could greatly impact Black migrants traveling to the U.S. to seek refuge.

Last month, the administration announced a new immigration rule prohibiting migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S. if they fail to seek asylum in other countries as they journey to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Amy Fischer, Amnesty International advocacy director for the Americas, criticized Biden’s policy and told theGrio that the administration is “forgetting [its] legal responsibilities under both U.S. and international law to allow asylum at the border.”

“[The administration] is really pushing for this invasionist rhetoric that we’ve heard from the Republicans as well around this idea that asylum seekers and immigrants are going to overwhelm communities. And it’s just frankly not true,” she asserted.

Fischer continued, “This is going to create insurmountable burdens with a particularly harsh impact on Black and indigenous people seeking safety because those are the ones that are going to have the least opportunity to find safety in any of these countries.”

In a statement obtained by theGrio, Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Alex Padilla (D-CA) condemned Biden’s immigration policy.

“We are deeply disappointed that the Administration has chosen to move forward with publishing this proposed rule, which only perpetuates the harmful myth that asylum seekers are a threat to this nation,” the statement read.

It continued, “We have an obligation to protect vulnerable migrants under domestic and international law and should not leave vulnerable migrants stranded in countries unable to protect them.”

With Title 42 set to expire in a couple of months, an administration official told CNN that this new regulation is “temporary” and was created out of “necessity.”  

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