The Biden administration’s discretionary funding request for 2022 declined all border wall funding and rescinded unused funds that had previously been marked for construction. The request also asks for $4.3 billion for ORR and $861 million for root causes in the Northern Triangle region.
A US delegation of high-level officials met with the Mexican government to discuss migration and enforcement issues as well as addressing root causes in Central America.
A panoramic view of the new Biden administration’s proposed changes to border and migration policies, and the challenges they face in the near term.
President Biden released executive orders creating a task force on family separation and calling for a review, with intent to end, “safe third-country” agreements, Title 42, the Remain in Mexico program, and other Trump policies restricting migration. The administration has not yet committed to ending these policies. One order calls for a new policy framework to address migration’s root causes in Central America.
Even if a “wave” of migration happens in early 2021, the new Biden administration can handle it with minimal drama while phasing out the Trump administration’s harsh anti-asylum policies.
An investigation into how the U.S.-backed government of Juan Orlando Hernández is worsening conditions that cause so many Hondurans to migrate to the United States.
Published by Latin America Working Group Education Fund, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Oxfam America, Climate Refugees, Church World Service, and Washington Office on Latin America on July 29, 2020.
“Highlights ways the United States can restore and advance protections for migrants and refugees and use principled diplomacy to stand with civil society forces for change.”
Migration is likely to increase again at the border. But through inexpensive, low-drama strategies, the U.S. government can manage it in an orderly, humane way.
WOLA experts discuss current challenges the region faces from ineffective migration policies and protection of migrant rights and what might be done to change the situation.