Biden terminates Trump asylum agreements that reduced refuge-seekers at border

Over the weekend, the Biden administration made more progress towards its goal of completely undoing former President Donald Trump’s pro-America immigration policy.

President Joe Biden has terminated asylum agreements that Trump made with three Central American countries, The Hill reported.

Background

The three central American countries that are involved are Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

In 2019, then-President Trump entered into agreements with the three countries in order to reduce the number of immigrants and refugee-seekers who were trying to enter the United States. The agreements required refugees to first try to gain asylum in one of the three countries before trying to gain asylum in the United States.

Thanks to Biden, these agreements are no more.

Suspended agreement

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Saturday that the Biden administration had “suspended and initiated the process to terminate the Asylum Cooperative Agreements with the Governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as the first concrete steps on the path to greater partnership and collaboration in the region laid out by President Biden.”

Blinken, in his statement, insisted that Biden’s decision does not equal open borders.

“To be clear, these actions do not mean that the U.S. border is open,” Blinken said, according to The Hill. “While we are committed to expanding legal pathways for protection and opportunity here and in the region, the United States is a country with borders and laws that must be enforced.”

Blinken added: “We are also committed to providing safe and orderly processing for all who arrive at our border, but those who attempt to migrate irregularly are putting themselves and their families at risk on what can be a very dangerous journey.”

Refugee cap

This decision is just a small part of Biden’s overhaul of his predecessor’s immigration policy.

On the issue of refugees, last week Biden signed an executive order that raises the number of refugees that America will now accept to 125,000, Breitbart reported. That’s an increase of over 100,000, as the refugee cap was at 15,000 when Trump left office.

Despite what Blinken says, claiming that Biden’s immigration policy does not equal open borders is going to be an extremely hard sell for many Americans.

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