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What Is the New Action to Secure the Border?

It is hard to deny that the current immigration system has its flaws, at least according to the current Biden-Harris Administration. Well, to amend and reform this system, President Biden announced a new executive action on June 4, 2024. This action particularly applies to noncitizens who are crossing over to the United States through its southern border. Well, follow along to find out President Biden’s newest action to secure the southern border and how a proficient Lyndhurst deportation and removal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta can help you understand how this may affect you and your migration journey.

What is President Biden’s newest action to secure the southern border?

President Biden’s newest action is set to bar noncitizens, who cross over to the United States through the southern border unlawfully, from being eligible for asylum. Specifically, this is a temporary order that is only instilled when there are high levels of noncitizens at the border. This is to lighten the burden of immigration officers, who may now quickly remove noncitizens who do not have a legal basis to remain in the United States.

Of note, certain individuals may be exempt from this action. That is, immigration officers may still have to grant to individuals who manifest a fear of returning to their home country or country of removal; fear of persecution or torture; or desire to formally apply for asylum. What’s more, there may be humanitarian exceptions for individuals who are victims of severe forms of trafficking, who are minor children unaccompanied by a parent or adult, etc.

Lastly, individuals deemed ineligible for asylum and ordered to removal when this action is in place may be subject to at least a five-year bar to reentry. What’s more, they may be facing potential criminal prosecution.

What executive actions have previously been enforced for stronger border security?

Overall, this newest executive action follows a series of other actions previously enforced in preparation for the end of the Title 42 public health order. In short, Title 42 restricted southern border immigration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And since it has been lifted, the influx of noncitizens crossing over the southern border has been unprecedented. With that being said, recent actions to promote stronger border security read as follows:

  • An action to enhance immigration enforcement.
  • An action to seize fentanyl at the southern border.
  • An action to more quickly resolve immigration cases.
  • An action to strengthen the asylum screening process.
  • An action to dismantle human smuggling and support immigration prosecutions.
  • An action to revoke visas of CEOS and government officials who profit from noncitizens entering the country unlawfully.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our talented Lyndhurst family and individual immigration law firm. Schedule your initial consultation with the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta today.