“The Biden administration’s immigration policies continue to face scrutiny as it expands the CBP One app, potentially allowing more migrants into the United States each day. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it is now permitting 1,450 migrants per day through the mobile application, which was recently expanded to enable migrants to upload data and schedule appointments at ports of entry for processing.
Initially, the agency allowed 1,000 people per day before the expiration of Title 42 in May. In June, the number was increased to 1,250. With the latest change, the daily intake of migrants has surged by nearly 50%.
Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller emphasized the agency’s commitment to enhancing operations and efficiency through innovative technologies like CBP One™. He stated, “”By utilizing innovative technologies like CBP One™, we are improving the delivery of our homeland security mission and providing for safe and efficient processes at ports of entry.””
Since the end of Title 42, over 49,000 migrants have secured appointments at ports of entry under the new process, which allocates slots through a lottery system. The app is also utilized for nationals from Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua to apply for humanitarian parole and fly directly into the US.
This strategy is a crucial component of the Biden administration’s efforts to curtail illegal border crossings after the expiration of Title 42. An essential element of this approach is an asylum rule that restricts migrants from claiming asylum if they crossed the border illegally, failed to use the CBP One app, or neglected to seek asylum in a country they passed through previously.
Despite encountering over 200,000 migrants in May alone, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported a 70% decrease after the termination of the public health order. Officials credit this drop to the implemented strategy.
Nevertheless, Republicans and border security advocates have voiced strong objections to the CBP One app and the broad use of humanitarian parole and other pathways for migrants. They argue that the administration is facilitating the entry of otherwise illegal immigrants through a process they consider both illegal and an abuse of the agency’s parole power. Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri has described the app as a “”concierge service”” for migrants.
Furthermore, 18 states led by Indiana are challenging the asylum rule, criticizing it as a “”half measure and a smoke screen.”” They contend that the accompanying parole policies will increase the number of undocumented individuals in the US, guaranteeing them a quicker path to quasi-legal status, work permits, and access to entitlement programs and social services.
Texas has also filed a separate lawsuit against the use of the CBP One app, while left-wing groups, led by the American Civil Liberties Union, have sued over the asylum rule, arguing that it is excessively restrictive and reminiscent of the Trump-era travel ban that the courts invalidated.
As the Biden administration expands the CBP One app and faces mounting legal challenges, it remains to be seen how the immigration policies will evolve and address the concerns raised by Republicans and border security advocates.
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story as we continue to bring you the latest news from the border.”
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