Following the announcement of new immigration rules, President Biden will visit El Paso, Texas, on Sunday to meet with local officials and look into enforcement operations along the U.S.–Mexico border, according to CNBC.
What’s going on: News of the impending trip to the border, which will be President Biden’s first since he took office, arrived following the announcement that the administration will enforce new actions “aimed to account for the eventual lifting of Title 42, the coronavirus-era measure used to expel many migrants on public health grounds.”
- In addition, new immigration rules “will expand legal pathways to the U.S. for migrants from Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua while imposing new punishments for illegal entry.”
What’s in the new rules: The just-announced regulations include the extension of an immigrant parole process to allow entry and temporary work permits for as many as 30,000 people a month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
- “Those individuals, who have eligible sponsors and pass background checks, can come to the U.S. for up to two years, the officials said.”
- “But those who cross the Panama, Mexico or U.S. borders without proper authorization will be ineligible and could be expelled to Mexico, which will accept up to 30,000 people per month from those four countries.”
Our take: “President Biden’s announcements today, including on border enforcement, are important steps and reflect some of manufacturers’ concerns, but this still highlights the ongoing need for bipartisan congressional action on immigration,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.
- “Manufacturers have the solution [to immigration challenges facing our nation]: our ‘A Way Forward’ plan includes post-partisan recommendations for immigration reform that can be acted on this year.”
NAM in the news: Reuters mentioned the NAM’s call to action on immigration.