President Joe Biden is used to receiving criticism over his immigration policy — but he likely did not see this one coming.
U.S. Rep. Julian Castro (D-TX) reportedly torched the Biden administration’s refugee policy in a statement this week.
“Inhumane, nonsensical, and politically motivated”
According to The Hill, Castro specifically spoke out against the president’s response to an influx of Haitian migrants who have been camped out under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
There are believed to have been about 15,000 Haitian migrants gathered under the bridge, many of whom were reportedly deported under a policy implemented by the Trump administration that allows for the expulsion of undocumented immigrants on the basis of public health concerns.
It is one of the few Trump-era immigration policies to survive the early days of the Biden administration — and Castro made it clear that he believes it should also be repealed.
“The White House has defended their use of the Trump-era Title 42 policy on the basis of protecting public health,” Castro wrote. “But as many have pointed out, public health experts have repeatedly spoken out against the policy — calling it inhumane, nonsensical, and politically motivated.”
The Texas Democrat went on to note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have seemingly changed its position on the use of Title 42 to expel undocumented immigrants.
“Asylum is an international human right”
Although the CDC opposed its use under Trump, it apparently supports such deportations under Biden.
Castro argued that “asylum is an international human right,” accusing the Biden administration to acting like its predecessor.
“Donald Trump left a mess for the Biden administration to clean up,” he wrote. “And they have reversed course on many important policies. But on the issue of asylum and refugees, Trump’s policies appear to be becoming the default.”
In conclusion, Castro argued that the president “was elected to turn the page on Trump’s cruelty, recklessness, and incompetence” on issues including illegal immigration, and that Americans expect Biden “to not only end these policies, but build our immigration system back better — with compassion and common sense, as he promised.”
Among progressive Democrats, a comparison to Trump is an unmistakable insult. In the current political climate, however, Castro’s comments are just further evidence that Biden is struggling to maintain support within his own party, not to mention the American people as a whole.