By N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON DC:- The Biden Administration has said that it would continue turning away the migrants and asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border if they ever try to sneak into the US territories.
“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,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a press briefing.
Psaki cited the reasons for the Covid-19 pandemic and the new administration as the factors that would make the US unable to process the cases of migrants trying to enter the US.
“This is obviously an emotional issue for many of us, who’ve worked on this in the past, for the President himself, but we need time to put in place, and partners to put in place a comprehensive process and system that will allow for processing at the border of asylum seekers, but also, providing a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who are in the United States,” said Press Secretary Psaki.
Press Secretary Psaki said President Joe Biden is planning to work towards addressing the root causes of migration from Central and South America to the US, which include ensuring good governance, addressing poverty, reducing violence and crime, and providing livelihood opportunities so that people would not feel the need to migrate to the US.
On the question of proposing a comprehensive immigration legislation proposal, Press Secretary Tsaki said a formal bill to this effect has not been proposed yet in Capitol Hill.
“The President proposed it with three key pieces of it because he felt they were all important, including investing in smart security, providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, and also addressing the root causes that are causing people to flee their home country, something he worked on even as Vice President,” Press Secretary Psaki said.