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8 ports of entry for asylum interviews under the new rules

McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) – Asylum interviews will take place at eight international bridges on the southwest border in accordance with new immigration rules announced by the Biden administration this week.

Ports include:

  • Brownsville, Texas
  • Hidalgo, Texas
  • Laredo, Texas
  • Eagle Pass, Texas
  • El Paso, TX (Paso del Norte Bridge)
  • Nogales, Arizona
  • Calexico
  • San Ysidro, California (PedWest)

President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Majorcas on Thursday announced they were expanding the humanitarian parole program implemented for Venezuelans in October to include citizens from Haiti, Nicaragua and Cuba.

Under the new rules, up to 30,000 asylum seekers from these four countries will be allowed into the United States each month; and up to 30,000 people will be sent back to Mexico if they do not qualify.

To qualify, asylum seekers must prove they receive financial assistance from friends or family or a religious institution in the United States; pass a full background check and have no criminal record; and be up to date with all vaccinations and medical records.

A group of migrants who just crossed the Rio Grande on October 13, 2022 from Piedras Negras, Mexico to Eagle Pass, Texas, are waiting to be detained by the US Border Patrol. (Sandra Sanchez/Border Report File Photo)

National Security officials on Friday explained to Border Report that the new rules replace the previous asylum limit of 24,000 that had been in place for Venezuelans for the past two months. Now a total of 30,000 will be accepted without any restrictions from any one country.

To qualify, migrants must request an interview with US Customs and Border Protection on the CBPOne app. The Border Report asked how long applicants should wait until they are interviewed, but there is no information yet.

Migrant advocates denounced the new policy change, saying it would exclude poor and vulnerable migrants who don’t have the means to go for an interview or apply through a mobile phone app.

During a press conference on Friday organized by the Welcome with Dignity campaign, activists said migrants fleeing political oppression would not be able to renew their passports to fly directly to the U.S. inner city if they were approved.

“People have the right to come to the border to apply for asylum, no matter what countries they pass through and what documents they have,” said Melissa Crow from the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies.

Biden said at a press conference on Thursday that the border is closed and migrants should not come.

“My message is this,” Biden said. “You can’t show up at the border. Stay where you are and apply legally.”

He said this new policy will keep the border secure for as long as Section 42 remains in effect.

On Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear a lawsuit on March 1 to continue complying with the public health rule known as Section 42.

On Sunday, the president is due to make his first trip to the southwest border in El Paso, Texas, before heading to Mexico City for a summit of North American leaders, where he will meet with Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin. Trudeau.

Sandra Sanchez can be contacted at [email protected]

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