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Biden Administration to Continue Trump-Era Policy of Turning Away Asylum Seekers at Southern Border

HeadlineFeb 11, 2021

Immigrant rights advocates are criticizing the Biden administration after it announced plans to continue to turn away asylum applicants at the U.S.-Mexico border, keeping in place — at least for now — a policy implemented by Donald Trump. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki spoke on Wednesday.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki: “Due to the pandemic and the fact that we have not had the time as an administration to put in place a humane, comprehensive process for processing individuals who are coming to the border, now is not the time to come. And the vast majority of people will be turned away. Asylum processes at the border will not occur immediately. It will take time to implement.”

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