Reversing Trump immigration policies will take months: Joe Biden

Vastavam web: US President-elect Joe Biden said it will take months to roll back some of President Donald Trump’s actions on immigration, offering a slower timeline than he promised on the campaign trail. His comments made on Tuesday echo those made by two of his top foreign policy advisers in an interview with Spanish wire service EFE on Monday hitting the brakes on rolling back Trump’s restrictive asylum policies.

Speaking to reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said he’s already started discussing the issues with the Mexican president and “our friends in Latin America” and that “the timeline is to do it so that we in fact make it better not worse.” “The last thing we need is to say we’re going to stop immediately, the access to asylum, the way it’s being run now, and then end up with 2 million people on our border,” Biden said.

According to data from Customs and Border Patrol, detentions in October increased by 30% from September, and remained at that rate in November. Some experts predict the surge could increase in the early months of Biden’s presidency, as a response to the damage wrought by the two hurricanes that have pummeled Central America and the economic fallout from the pandemic, as well as expectations of a more humane approach to immigration from the Biden Administration.

On his campaign website, Biden promised to end the agreement with Mexico, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, within the first 100 days of his presidency. But Sullivan emphasized that many of those reforms will take time. He cautioned that “increasing processing capacity and changing policy at the border will take time,” and warned those considering fleeing for the US to wait, predicting it will take “months” for the Biden Administration to fully implement their plans with respect to Latin America.