Biden Slams Republicans While Announcing Executive Action on Immigration

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( – On Tuesday, June 3, the Biden administration announced the much anticipated executive actions aiming to block illegal immigration at the southern border when asylum crossings reach a cap. This move came only months before the presidential election and is likely to face legal hurdles.

In a speech delivered on Tuesday afternoon, Biden stated that he was moving beyond “Republican obstruction” and employing the executive authorities that had been given to him as the U.S. president in order to do what he could on his own to address the border crisis. During his speech, he accused the GOP of refusing to take action in order to secure the U.S. border. The White House Fact Sheet stresses the importance of protecting the border while also calling out Republicans, accusing them of placing “partisan politics ahead of national security.”

Biden has issued a presidential proclamation that will suspend asylum applications at the southern border after the number of encounters reaches a daily cup of 2,500 over a seven-day period. This measure will be in effect for 14 days after the seven-day average has dropped to fewer than 1,500 encounters along the U.S. border. According to officials, the move will make it easier to deport people who are in the US illegally.

According to a report by Fox, sources said early last week that the number of encounters at the border was 5,200 over a 24-hour period, and the average of the previous week was more than 5,000 per day. In April, the number of encounters at the southern border was 179,725. 

Some lawmakers have been cynical about the move, asserting that Biden should have taken action years ago. Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) responded to the move by saying, “You can’t make this cat walk backwards.” The Biden administration has taken heat from both Republicans and Democrats over the handling of illegal immigration.

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